WAKAWAKA is a solar LED lighting project that is currently being crowd-funded on Kickstarter. The project aims to change the lives of 1.5 billion people who earn less than $2 a day. These consumers living in impoverishment are in critical need for a safer and more affordable lighting option. The WAKAWAKA is designed by Studio Kalkwijk to be compact, portable and can be easily attached to the top of plastic bottles.
In addition to providing bright ambient lighting, the WAKAWAKA comes with a battery holder where users can charge their mobile phone by docking the battery into the slot.
The name WAKAWAKA comes from Shakira’s World Cup song ‘This Time for Africa’ and means ‘shine bright’ in Swahili. Families in Africa would often use kerosene lamps that not only provides insufficient light to read, but also causes fire-related injuries and deaths. Students in Africa who used the solar lamp to learn were able to achieve 50% better study results.