Where There Is No Light

Imagine having to conduct a delivery in darkness. This 2012 video tells We Care Solar’s story from the first suitcase in Nigeria to the more than 2000 deployed throughout the world today.

Lighting up Tanzania

Midwife holding cell phone at night_reducedImagine trying to deliver a baby in darkness. This midwife from Tanzania is holding a cell phone in her mouth as her only source of nighttime light. With our Solar Suitcase program in partnership with Pathfinder and Jhpiego, more than 200 health facilities in Tanzania are being equipped with reliable lighting and electricity.

Our movement is growing

screen-shot-2016-11-22-at-2-30-31-pmThanks to everyone who joined our end-of-year efforts to improve maternal healthcare in underserved health centers using solar power. Our matching campaign was a great success, and together we will light up more lives in 2017.

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  • The Power of Collaboration: Lighting Up Schools in Kenya

    Imagine that you are studying for one of the most important exams of your life. Your score will determine if you go on to secondary school and whether you can receive financial assistance. Now picture trying to study for this exam night after night….in darkness. If you have a working flashlight with batteries or candles, ...

  • Sharing Knowledge and Culture at the We Care Solar Regional Training

    “How do you say ‘thank you’ in your language?” When We Care Solar lead trainer Merritt Gates asked this question on the first day of our Regional Training in Ghana, the answers were numerous. Each of our participants from three West African nations had a different word for “thank you,” not too surprising given the ...

  • Reflections from a Solar Ambassador

    In 2012, We Care Solar started the Women’s Solar Ambassador Program to train more than a dozen ambitious women to become our international solar installation trainers. They studied online materials for six weeks, then came to Berkeley for hands-on training in solar electricity, maternal health care, and teaching pedagogy. Over the last 3 years, many ...


The Solar Suitcase

We Care Solar designs portable, cost-effective Solar Suitcases that power critical lighting, mobile communication devices and medical devices in low resource areas without reliable electricity.

By equipping off-grid medical clinics with solar power for medical and surgical lighting, cell phones and essential medical devices, We Care Solar facilitates timely and appropriate emergency care, reducing maternal and infant morbidity and mortality, and improving the quality of care in Africa, Haiti and other regions.

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We Care Solar promotes safe childbirth in developing countries. Your donations allow us to fulfill requests from clinics around the world in need of Solar Suitcases. Donations also help us integrate new medical applications for the Solar Suitcase, expand our programs, and build a network of local Solar Suitcase trainers and technicians. We welcome and deeply appreciate your support.