In 2010 Evans Wadongo was named CNN Top 10 Hero for his work improving the livelihoods of Kenyans through his solar lantern invention called MwangaBora. He designed the lantern as a replacement for kerosene lamps still used in many Kenyan households. This is just one of the few honors that have been bestowed upon him for this invention and the ensuing campaign that he undertook starting in 2011 to promote MwangaBora called Just One Lamp.
According to an article published by The Guardian, as February 2015, there were 50,000 Mwangabora lanterns being used in Kenyan households with each lantern costing about 2000 Kenya Shillings. The lamp is partly built from recycled materials in addition to solar panel fragments that are used to charge the lamps. A USB port can be in-built into the lamp to allow families to charge small electronic devices.
Evans graduated from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology with a degree in Electronic and Computer Engineering. In 2013, he was included in the 35 Innovators Under 35 list compiled by MIT Technology Review.
He is currently the Executive Director of SDFA-Kenya which he founded in 2006. SDFA-Kenya a non-profit organization promoting social and economic empowerment. He is also the Chief Strategic Officer at Greenwize Energy Ltd which he co-founded in 2003.
Learn more about MwangaBora in a Feature Video by CTGN AFrica