MPOWERD produces, sells and deploys innovative solar lights and mobile phone chargers globally, ensuring that everyone has access to a safe and affordable source of light.
MPOWERD creates clean energy products that are personal, well-designed and accessible to everyone. For example, MPOWERD’s award-winning LuciⓇ light has a rechargeable battery that is completely powered by the sun – a limitless and readily available source of power.
Since its founding in 2012, MPOWERD has employed a sustainable business model that enables them to provide low-cost solar lights to people in emerging markets who lack access to clean, reliable light. Retail sales in developed markets allow for lower manufacturing costs and enables MPOWERD to offer solar technology products at cost to emerging developing markets.
In many places, as soon as the sun goes down, children can’t study, entrepreneurs have to stop working, women are less safe walking outside and health clinics have to close. Kerosene lamps are the most common solution in these areas – but they are dangerous, toxic and expensive. This lack of reliable access to electricity affects billions of people worldwide, including ten-year old Shaun in Kibera, Nairobi. In a community where most people are in financial and energy poverty, Shaun is one of many bright children who can see the path forward to a better future. He, and other children living like him, fully recognize the difficulty of their lives but are determined to study hard and improve their situations.
To succeed in school, you need light to do your homework; but in Kibera, being able to afford food, let alone electricity, can be a struggle. That’s where MPOWERD steps in. Their line of Luci solar lights is lightweight, easy to carry and able to shine for hours on a single solar charge, providing clean, affordable energy to communities at a low cost. When Shaun turned on the light, he was able to complete his studies, enabling him to move forward into educational success.
To date, MPOWERD has brought clean, portable light to over three million people through powerful partnerships with over 500 NGOs and non-profits like the United Nations, Save the Children, Oxfam and many others. In addition to providing light for everyday needs such as homework or healthcare, Luci lights are also used in emerging markets for:
- Emergency preparedness and response
- Education in Emergencies (EiE)
- Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH)
- Healthcare administration
- Nutrition and Food Security
- Disaster risk reduction
MPOWERD exhibits leadership and innovation as a company dedicated to social good. In fact, Real Leaders magazine recently named MPOWERD one of their Top 100 Impact Companies of 2019. As a Certified B Corp and Benefit Corporation, MPOWERD reinvests a majority of their gross revenues to achieve sustainability, grow their customer reach and ensure the fulfillment of their mission to empower the three billion people around the world without reliable access to electricity. They joined SEA to meet other like-minded companies who believe business can be a force for social good.
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