YOU DID IT!!! WakaWaka reached it's $ 30,000 funding goal!
On November 8th we launched our Kickstarter WakaWaka campaign and we set a funding goal of $ 30,000. The Kickstarter average is much lower, around $ 7,000, so we knew it was an ambitious goal with a product which was designed for people who earn less than $ 2.00 a day and don't have Kickstarter access, let alone the money to back us. We designed WakaWaka in such a way that it would be apealing to us 'Westeners' as well, but Kickstarter has so much to offer in terms of cool gadgets, wannahaves and great products, so we knew we were up for a challenge with our goal. But we need this in order to get started, so anything less would not get us where we needed to be.
About 10 days ago, we were getting a bit nervous, at the speed the campaign was going, we might just not have reached our goal, so we stepped up our efforts, we asked all of you to help us, tell your friends and we even mobilized Santa himself to support us. It seems that the Christmas spirit is still very much a live in many of us... Since Christmas we have received a lot more pledges, higher pledges and many of you increased the pledge for various reasons, but surely also to help us (as in : all of you and us) reach our goal. AND IT WORKED!!!
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!
You have made this possible! And on top of funding our tooling and our scheduled field test, you also donated over 130 WakaWaka's to the Mwamtsefu school in Kenya! I will be uploading some pictures of this school this weekend. They are thrilled!!
Below is our campaign graphic, as you can see since Christmas we jumped upwards! it's such an incredible cool experience knowing there are 493 people who believe in WakaWaka and in our team which is responsible for making WakaWaka a success by making it available to those who need it most.
Together with all of you we will be making a significant difference to people living at the 'Bottom of the Pyramid' and we hope we will be able to reach millions! in the coming years. That is our ambition. "if you don't reach for the stars, you will never reach the sky". As far as we are concerned we're now 'Sky High' on Kickstarter! being in the top 1% of most funded projects ever on Kickstarter!!
We still have 1 week left and we hope of course you will use that week to tell about your success story with WakaWaka. Yes, it's YOUR successstory as well. We hope this will result in a few more WakaWaka's we can donate to Mwamtsefu as there are 700 kids in this school. We wouldn't want to dissapoint the other 570 kids right?? ;-)
So, although the pressure is off now, we hope this message excites you enough to send a victory message to your favorite magazines, blogs and FB pages. We hope you will Tweet about WakaWaka a Solar Light with a "Success" Story! Maybe you know companies who would like to donate a couple more WakaWaka's and be a bright light in the evening so Kids can actually study and increase their school results.
THANK YOU ALL!! on behalf of our WakaWaka team:
Maurits Groen, Kim van der Leeuw, Camille van Gestel and Geert Eenhoorn