Defeating darkness with clean and sustainable solar lamps.

Our Mission: Beat Darkness

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This night map shows Africa's severe energy gap.  Our mission is to beat darkness and to reduce energy poverty by providing high-quality solar lights for off-grid communities in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The benefits :

  • Better Health: No toxic fumes or fire hazards from kerosene lamps
  • Better Education: Students study longer under clean and bright lights
  • Better Quality of Life: Extended productive hours beyond sunset 

Our Products

Solar Smart Lantern

One product, three functions:

  • Collapse to use as flashlight.
  • Expand to use as student desk lamp.
  • Charge your mobile phones.
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Solar Smart Lamp

Our lamps have three brightness levels resulting in two to five days of use on a full charge. 

  • One to two lamp configuration good for a typical village home 
  • Use three or more lamps for larger homes
  • Charge your mobile phones.
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Our Team

Tewelde Stephanos - Founder

Tewelde Stephanos started his professional life in Silicon Valley. He left Hewlett-Packard to start tFanus Enterprises in Eritrea; one of the first Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the country. tFanus pioneered a business culture based on the HP Way attracting and retaining some of the best talents in the country. He started Solar Smart Africa to help off-grid communities defeat darkness.

Hugh Molotsi - Advisor

Hugh Molotsi advises and invests in startups and is an active practitioner and teacher of Lean Startup Methodologies. In 2015 he concluded a 22-year career at Intuit where his last position was Engineering Fellow and Vice President and ran the Intuit Labs Incubator. During his Intuit tenure, he worked on QuickBooks and several other business offerings. He is a serial innovator and helped launch several new businesses at Intuit including Intuit Payments.

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