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WE CARE Solar promotes safe motherhood in developing regions by providing health workers with reliable lighting and power using solar electricity.

Founded: 2009 by Laura Stachel, Hal Aronson

  • Program Area

    Health & Healthcare
  • Location of Impact

    Global, Africa
  • Headquarters Location

    Berkeley , California, United States
  • Product Platforms

    Web, Hardware
  • Budget

    $1,000,000 +
  • Founder Demographics


We Care Solar, with its award-winning Solar Suitcase, has advanced the use of solar electricity in under-resourced health facilities to improve maternal and child health outcomes. Over the past five years, WCS's Suitcases have brought light and essential power to more than 1,800 health centers in Africa, Asia and Latin America. To date, WCS has trained over 1000 health workers and technicians, and has served 1.4 million people (700,000 mother-infant pairs).

Funders and Awards

2015 UN DESA "Power the Future We Want Award," 2014 Katerva Gender Equality Award, CNN Hero 2013, 2012 UN Association Global Citizens Award; UBS Optimus Foundation, Wells Fargo Foundation, Segal Family Foundation, Global Health Foundation, Every Mother Counts, Music for Relief Foundation