Earlier this year saw Laurens Wiersma and Maike van Grootel, founders of the Sunny Side Up Foundation and staunch renewable energy advocates, travel up Africa to spread the message and embark on some initiatives of their own.
Heading up north from Cape Town, Laurens and Maike’s travels took them through Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Tanzania and Kenya, with a stop in Uganda seeing them embark on the Sunny Side Up Foundation’s first renewable energy project. “We worked closely with dairy farmers in the area to gain a deep understanding of their energy requirements,” says Maike. “As a result, we were able to ensure that moving forward, these needs will now be met through affordable, high quality solar products.”
Laurens and Maike’s strong background and years’ experience in renewable energy is second only to that of their personal passion and belief. With close to 600 million people throughout Africa having no access to any form of electricity, the need for clean, reliable and affordable energy solutions is enormous. “We strongly believe that by focusing on renewable energy, we can contribute and make a difference to the lives of many,” continues Maike.
To provide them with additional resources, and some extra comfort on their travels, the Sunny Side Up team had at their disposal our very own portable solar power products. “The Ecoboxx and WakaWaka are brilliant plug-and-play portable solar power solutions,” continues Maike. “Both products are capable of providing power and light anywhere, anytime and to anyone. “ Not only did the Ecoboxx and WakaWaka prove to be the perfect travelling companions, providing reliable sources of power, but the compact and stylish features also drew a lot of attention. “They are highly effective and functional, but also very cool,” adds Maike. “We were the recipients of many an envious glance from other travellers we encountered.” Highly recommended for all outdoor travels and adventures, the team at Sunny Side Up wouldn’t think of embarking on another trip without them.