In 1990 our Founder, Johan van Wyk, launched his first of many social enterprises. He unfortunately had his timing horribly wrong with a poor understanding of his target market and a product that was not well researched. He went bankrupt and was almost left worse off than the people he wanted to help in the first place.
In January 2013 Erica and Johan, embarked on a range of interesting developments, pilot tests and community projects until Solar Bakers was established in 2019. Solar bakers took solar cooking to the next level and figured out how this innovation can actually help solve the poverty problem in Africa and elsewhere.
This stunning prototype was tested to allow for indoor solar cooking in RDP houses.
The first ever commercially available solar oven on wheels anywhere in the world.
This project is still being tested in an informal settlement in Mamelodi since 2015.
This oven was very impressive, but did not show signs of popularity. It is now being tested to bake specialized products for the export market.
This flexible and mobile solar hot water system provided up to 25l of solar heated hot water to households in informal settlements.
In 2017 we sponsored a family in an informal settlement with a complete home based solar bakery. Although this initiative was not sustainable, it provided us with valuable insights to succeed with our current SolarBakers initiative.
Parabolic solar cookers are very powerful and we combined a parabolic and a box cooker trying to get the best of both technologies.
This oven is the backbone of our Solar Bakers bakery. The technology in the oven is the result of local research and a detailed knowledge of international trends.
The bakery has become sustainable in less than a year and has become an effective example of what can be achieved by a well designed solar oven.
The cost of drying rusks has escalated and it is currently one of the main reasons why home baked rusks are so expensive. Drying rusks from the sun in our sun drenched country just makes sense.
We manufacture the Patio Solar Oven and the Mini Solar Dryer with all extras. We also have the knowledge and the experience to manufacture and supply complete solar bakeries for private application.