Maker Impact Stories: MPOWERD


For the last 11 years we have been driven every day by our purpose: helping independent Makers and small businesses find their people and grow their business. The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting these businesses in an unprecedented way across the US and around the world. We’re connecting with a few of our Makers to elevate their stories and share the challenges they face. With these stories, we hope our community can see the impact of their support and how these businesses are foundational to our society. 

MPOWERD started eight years ago with the mission to transform lives with clean technology, and it does by providing solar-powered lighting to folks across the world and especially helping those in developing parts of the world. In these developing countries, MPOWERD has impacted over 4 million lives, an incredible achievement for a small team.

The New York-based team is feeling the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic harder than any other Maker we’ve talked to. John, along with MPOWERD’s CEO and several employees, is recovering from the virus. Impressively, MPOWERD’s team stepped up to keep their mission going when many of its leaders were hit with COVID-19.

“We’re trying our best to get through this without having to hurt a single person on our staff. We’re looking towards a strong future and rebound out of this.”

John Salzinger

Because of social distancing and stay-at-home orders, MPOWERD has shifted its messaging. Instead of encouraging people to take a Luci solar light or charger on an outdoor adventure, they highlighting its usefulness at home.

The experience left John with a message that can resonate long after these trying times. “Don’t leave people behind. A lot of good can come out of this if you’re engaged, positive, and proactive where you can.”

To learn more about MPOWERD watch our video here, and read about The Grommet’s support of small businesses during COVID-19 here.

1 Comment

  1. Le Ann King

    I love Grommet. Thank you!

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