safe, sustainable, solar for all
We believe that access to energy, having power, is a basic human right and is essential in everybody’s life. Access to energy, means access to education, communication, and income generating opportunities. More than a billion people around the world live without energy and face serious consequences in their socio-economic development. Therefore, creating worldwide access to energy is much needed.
The world’s greatest natural energy resource is the sun. It’s abundant, sustainable and available everywhere. It’s a solution for everyone that is in need of power, but has no access to the grid, whether it’s permanent or temporary.
With WakaWaka, everybody is able to tap into the sun. For earthquake survivors, rural farmers, office commuters, or outdoor enthusiasts, they can all make use of solar products with the exact same WakaWaka design and quality.
Living without electricity
Once the sun goes down, there are families who are forced to live, eat, study and work in darkness. The alternative for light in these often remote places are kerosene lamps and candles. Every day thousands are burned and disfigured by accidents with fires and indoor air pollution causes serious trouble. The smoke and fumes of indoor kerosene lights increases the risk of respiratory diseases like COPD and lung cancer.
Although more than a billion of the world's population live without access to the grid, 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 20-25 dollar cents per charge. This is about 100 times more than one would pay in the US for charging. The 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 the mobile phone.
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.