About Us

We are a social enterprise that sought to invent an affordable and clean off-grid lighting system for the world’s poor.  So, we created the Nuru Light, the most affordable and efficient lighting system in the world.

Our Mission

To replace the use of expensive, polluting, unhealthy, and dangerous kerosene as a source of lighting for the two billion people without access to electricity.

The Need

We work to replace kerosene because it is:

  • Unaffordable: The world’s poor spend between 10-40% of their income on kerosene.
  • Unhealthy: Inhaling kerosene fumes is the equivalent of smoking two packs of cigarettes a day.
  • Environmentally Unfriendly: Kerosene produces 100 million tons of carbon dioxide annually.
  • Unsafe: 25% of households reported kerosene-related accidents in the last twelve-months, including fires and skin burns.
  • Unfit for Purpose: Light from kerosene is dim and barely useful, not providing enough light for school children to study at night.

Where We Work

Our first country of operation in Africa is Rwanda. By the end of 2012, we plan to be in all countries of the East Africa region, including Kenya and Uganda. Combined, these countries are home to over 120 million people without electricity. We also work in India, home to over 580 million people without electricity, and we are seeking partnerships across the developing world.

Population

Electrification rate

Population without electricity

GDP per capita rank

(out of 180 countries)

GDP per capita

($)

India

1,200,000,000

48%

580,000,000

143

1,017

Tanzania

45,000,000

11%

40,500,000

158

520

Kenya

40,000,000

14%

34,400,000

147

838

Uganda

32,000,000

9%

29,000,000

165

455

Rwanda

10,000,000

5%

9,500,000

163

465

Burundi

8,300,000

2%

8,150,000

180

138