We’ve been at this for a long time. Designed for the developing world over 10 years ago, our USB lanterns and portable solar panels are now available in the US!
First there was the Koinonia Foundation, founded by missionary doctor Dale Williams.
Koinonia Foundation found a niche in solarizing off-grid rural schools in Rwanda, Africa. His youngest son Andrew came on board and eventually Koinonia Foundation became an international presence with a mission of modernizing education through solar-powered computer labs.
Dr. Williams, whose motto is “solve it,” saw a need to replace kerosene lanterns used by students for studying at night. That is how the heli® came to be.
Originally called the K-Light (for Koinonia), this lantern was designed by missionary doctors and engineers, and by the people they served. The K-Light is found all over the developing world and is used by governments, the UN, NGOs, and first responders.
Because of the demand for a commercial version of the lantern, over the last three years the K-Light was redesigned into this new robust version and rebranded as heli®.
Our company holds the same mission as Koinonia Foundation, but, as a social enterprise, we balance social benefit with profit in an effort to fund the Koinonia Foundation’s education, entrepreneurship, and female empowerment projects throughout the developing world.
To do this, we make sure that our products, like those in our heli® product line, stand up to the highest quality standards, are designed with the end user in mind, and provide the customer with the best value for the money.