1.2 billion people around the world have no access to electricity and WakaWaka ('Shine Bright' in Swahili) want to do something about that in a sustainable way. WakaWakas are the most efficient solar powered lamps and chargers in the world. These true lifesavers for anyone in need of electricity are indispensable products both in the developing world and in the West. With every WakaWaka purchased in the west, WakaWaka gives one away in the developing world. WakaWaka is an impact driven, social venture that works on reducing energy poverty throughout the world.
Virtual Grid in Rwanda
In 2014 WakaWaka launched a ground breaking pay-as-you-go solar pilot project in Rwanda called the Virtual Grid, which provides rural households in the heart of Africa with light and power. Most rural households in Rwanda cannot afford the upfront costs of a regular WakaWaka Power, which is why Virtual Grid consists of prepaid WakaWakas that are activated by weekly scratch card payments. This means low upfront costs and affordable solar power. At the end of the leasing period, the WakaWaka is fully paid for and given to its new owner.
The Virtual Grid pilot was carried out in three districts: Rulindo, Gicumbi and Kamonyi. Following a number of successful roadshows and market demonstrations, WakaWaka is now working with over 40 dealers who have sold a total of 2,500 Virtual Grid units and 250,000 scratch cards as of June.