WakaWaka (“shine bright” in Swahili) is an award-winning social enterprise in the business of empowering lives. Our goal is to provide universal access to the abundant energy of the sun. We help people everywhere plug into the sun. For power and for light. In an emergency or for play. In the middle of the city or way off the beaten path. Which means you will never need another battery, candle or kerosene lamp. Because, you know… the sun will come out tomorrow and the day after and the day after...
Buy a WakaWaka and you share the sun with people living without access to electricity. Survivors of catastrophic earthquakes in Nepal, Haiti and the Philippines; families displaced by war and strife; and many many others are able to tap into the power of the sun for light and power through the exact same WakaWaka design and quality. In the past three years, WakaWaka has helped improve the lives of more than 1,000,000 people lacking access to electricity. This data is tracked on our impact map that includes summaries, photos, and video. The map currently highlights over 250,000 WakaWakas that have been distributed or donated to more than 275 partners and projects in developing countries, crisis situations or humanitarian disaster zones.
Why we Give
Because there are more than a billion people living worldwide without access to electricity and there are more than a billion of people that can do something about it. Once the sun goes down, there are people that are forced to live, pray, eat, study and work in pitch dark. They also can’t charge mobile phones or other devices. Need to call a doctor? Not possible. Stay in touch with family? Can’t. It’s disorienting and uncomfortable. And sometimes it’s life and death. The alternative for light for living off-grid is kerosene. Problem is, indoor pollution from kerosene fuel kills more people than AIDS and Malaria combined. And every day thousands are burned and disfigured by kerosene fire.