Soular was launched in 2015 with the vision to provide children with their own tool to do their homework, and take control of their education. We ran a crowdfunding campaign, raised $50,000 to get the first 2,500 backpacks to East Africa and have moved production to Kenya.
We've distributed backpacks across Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Our social impact data shows improvements in grades and health of the children who use Soular Backpacks. Families are able to save 20% of income that was previously spent on kerosene and kids are studying on average 5-6 hours longer every night.
We partnered with SHOFCO to distribute backpacks at the Kibera School for Girls in Nairobi, and with the UNHCR in the Dadaab Refugee Camp.
Our 1:1 Model
We launched our 1:1 model on the Home Shopping Network to 95 million homes in September 2016. Disney collaborated with us on marketing in time for the release of the Queen of Katwe movie. Lupita Nyong'o endorsed The Soular Backpack and each one has a quote on her that reads "The Power Is In Your Step."
Soular has been awarded 1st place at the Oxford Africa Innovation Competition, 2nd place in the McGill Dobson Cup and was named one of the top 30 Social Enterprises by Gifted Citizen and the Government of Mexico in 2016.
Our journey has just begun and we're so excited to have you on board with us, to light up the world one Soular Backpack at a time!