Living Without Electricity
Once the sun goes down, there are families who are forced to live, eat, study and work in darkness. The options for light in these often remote places are kerosene lamps and candles. Every day thousands are burned and disfigured by accidents with fires, and the smoke and fumes of indoor kerosene lights increase the risk of respiratory diseases like COPD and lung cancer.
Although more than a billion of the world's population live without access to electricity, many have cell phones. For the 550 million off-grid mobile phone users, charging is a daily challenge. They often have to travel long distances, and estimates of the costs range from $0.20-0.25 per charge. This is about 100 times more than one would pay in the US for charging. These costs are significant for people living on less than 2 dollar a day.
In total, up to 20% of a family’s income is spent on light and access to electricity for mobile phones.
safe, sustainable, solar for all
We believe that access to electricity is a basic human right and is essential in our modern world. Access to energy for light and power means access to education, communication, and income generating opportunities.
The world’s greatest natural energy resource is the sun. It’s abundant, sustainable, and available everywhere. It’s a solution for everyone in need of power without access to electricity.
With WakaWaka, everyone is able to tap into the sun. From earthquake survivors and rural farmers, to office commuters and outdoor enthusiasts, all make use of solar products with the exact same WakaWaka design and quality.
The WakaWaka Foundation, which is supported by your purchase, donates WakaWaka products for emergency aid, and offers WakaWakas to more stable developing areas at a subsidized price or in exchange for community work.
stories of hope and change
No torches for my family anymore
Kojoki lives in Elegu, a town in the Northern Region in Uganda.
“Before I received this solar lamp I was using a torch that uses disposable dry cells after the power has gone off. The solar has reduced my expenditures and the money is used for acquiring other needs in the home.”
Kojoki Agnes (22), Uganda
Using light to improve health in communities
Esperance is a potato farmer in Rwanda. She also works as a community health worker to assist in a healthy future for community members.
“As a community health worker, it was not easy to assist with births and pregnancies after the sun has gone down. But with my WakaWaka I can perform my work in the evenings carefully.”
Hoping for peace
Salaam (meaning peace) and her family have fled the brutal conflicts in Syria to look for peace and happiness in Jordan. For four months they moved places in Syria, but eventually the war forced them to move to a refugee camp in Jordan.
“The WakaWaka lamp provides us with light for free. I recharge the lamp every day by putting it right into the sunlight.”
Salaam (9), Syria
The impact of light and connectivity on people’s life cannot be underestimated. With the help of our Agents of Light, we have provided sustainable energy solutions to over 1.2 million people living in off-grid areas worldwide. Our impact map highlights the different locations and projects where WakaWakas are fulfilling the basic necessity of light and power.