WakaWaka Iwacu

The goal of WakaWaka Iwacu is to create a "virtual electric grid" for Rwanda. WakaWaka IWACU works with a lease-to-own model. The WakaWaka is a solar powered mobile charger and light. WakaWakas are desperately needed in Rwanda, where over 90% of the people do not have access to the electricity grid. Many Rwandans use candles or kerosene at night which are dangerous, expensive and bad for health and environment. Clients can use the WakaWaka after they add credit with a scratchard and mobile phone. At the end of their lease period, clients will be the proud owners of their own high-tech, aspirational electricity and light solution. Watch the clip to learn more about WakaWaka IWACU.

THE COMPANY

WakaWaka manufactures high-tech solar-powered lamps and mobile phone chargers. At WakaWaka we believe access to energy is a basic human right - it empowers, it powers connectivity and it saves lives. Our ambition is to provide all low-income households in off-grid Rwanda with affordable and sustainable energy access.    


THE PRODUCTS

The WakaWaka Power is a durable, lightweight and compact solar-powered light and charger that charges any type of mobile phone or small electronic device. 

We've combined the Power with a simple payment system using scrach cards. The prepaid Power provides light and power only after a code has been purchased and entered into the device - much like a prepaid mobile phone. This high-quality product has a two-year warranty and is made available for an initial price of 5000 RWF. Weekly payments of 500 RWF using scratch cards and mobile phones reduce the high price of solar-powered energy to the current price of kerosene and mobile phone charging.


 THE BENEFITS

Light and power significantly improve the quality of life. Kerosene lamps are often used for lighting and diesel generators are used for mobile charging. They are very inefficient, dangerous and expensive and have many health and environmental drawbacks. 

When you purchase a WakaWaka you are investing in a better future: 

 Improved health: completely replace kerosene lamps to prevent smoke inhalation and accidental fires leading to respiratory diseases and burns. 
Enhanced education: 3 extra hours of light to read and study at night, compared to the dim light provided by kerosene lamps. Solar-powered lights improve pass grades by up to 50%.
 Improved communication: frequently contact family and friends with a mobile phone that is continually charged.
 Income generating opportunities: charge mobile phones in your community for a small fee, or use your WakaWaka to work longer in the evening. 


 

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