NuruEnergy is a social enterprise founded in 2008, with offices in Cape Town, South Africa and in New Delhi, India. Its mission is solving the global problem of energy poverty, which affects over 2 billion people worldwide.

NuruEnergy has developed a one-of-a-kind, simple-to-use off-grid recharging platform, a pedal generator. This generator provides reliable, clean, sustainable power anytime, anywhere and is hundreds of times more efficient than current solar-based solutions at a fraction of the cost.

It is used to recharge both mobile phones and NuruEnergy’s own portable modular LED lights, which can be recharged five at a time in 20 minutes, with each light providing up to 10 days of light to a rural household. NuruEnergy’s pedal generators are a clean and safe alternative to kerosene and 5 times cheaper for households. To deliver these products to market, NuruEnergy partners with local organizations to recruit and train micro-franchise entrepreneurs, who sell Nuru’s LED lights to their community and then offer pedal generator recharging services for a small fee.

The typical NuruEnergy Entrepreneur earns in 20 minutes what they previously earned in an entire day. For its efforts, Nuru Energy has been recognized as the recipient of 18 global awards.

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Facts and Figures

  • 2008 year of foundation of NuruEnergy
  • 18 awards collected so far
  • 36,000 lights
  • 240 PowerCycles
  • 240 village entrepreneurs created
  • 1 year project