Waka Waka

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NL Netherlands
Web http://us.waka-waka.com/
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About the project Edit

"WakaWaka ('Shine Bright' in Swahili) develops, manufactures and markets high-tech, low-cost solar powered lamps and chargers that are indispensable products both in the developing world and in the West."

In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

"Using the latest in patented solar technology developed by our parnter and market leader Intivation, the WakaWaka Light and WakaWaka Power are true lifesavers for those without electricity. Innovative and super efficient products for those that want the finest in technology and design, while 'enlightening' people at the base of the pyramid, bringing an end to the deadly kerosene-dependence of millions of families."

Moreover, Waka Waka is "committed to their sustainable business model that makes the distribution of renewable energy-based lighting easy and cost-effective. In essence, they operate as any other business, but proceeds made from selling WakaWaka products in the West, at competitive prices, are used to make them available to off-grid communities around the world at a more affordable price. The Waka Waka Lights are sustainable and affordable for families living on approximately $2/day."

What is the social value of this project? Edit

"1.3 billion people around the world - a quarter of humanity - have no access to electricity, and hundreds of millions more face regular blackouts. The effects of this energy poverty are enormous. Lacking power and light severely reduces a family's quality of life. Kerosene lamps are widely used for lighting, but they are very inefficient, dangerous and expensive, and have extensive health and environmental drawbacks."

"Studies have shown that replacing kerosene lamps with off-grid solar powered products saves money, results in better school grades for kids and increases income-generating capacity for families as a whole. Burn risk, unhealthy side effects and carbon-emissions are eliminated while the ability to charge mobile phones enables communication and entrepreneurship. Access to local, sustainable energy is a fundamental human right - it empowers, it powers connectivity and it saves lives."

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

What was the triggering factor of this project? Edit

"WakaWaka’s story began in 2010, when future founders Maurits Groen and Camille van Gestel ran an active lobby to create a greener South Africa World Cup. Their design for an ultra-efficient LED lamp to replace millions of incandescent lamps won an international competition for emission-reduction ideas. While visiting South Africa, one thing struck them very powerfully was the number of South Africans who lived off the electricity grid - families for whom their wonderful invention was therefore useless.

Partnering up with Intivation - market leader in solar power management - a solution was developed: A sturdy, highly-efficient, sustainable, solar-powered LED lamp, affordable for those living on $2 per day."

What is the business model of this project? Edit

WakaWaka is an impact-driven social venture/sustainable enterprise that fights to abolish energy poverty throughout the world.


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