Laura Stachel

Laura Stachel

We Care Solar
Executive Director and Co-Founder


Dr. Laura Stachel, Co-founder and Executive Director of We Care Solar®, is a retired obstetrician-gynecologist. She holds an M.D. from University of California, San Francisco and an M.P.H. in Maternal and Child Health from University of California, Berkeley. She was a staff researcher at the Blum Center for Developing Economies at UC Berkeley until 2015. Her research on maternal mortality in Nigeria in 2008 alerted her to the deleterious effects of energy poverty on maternal health outcomes. She co-founded We Care Solar to bring simple solar electric solutions to maternal and child health care in regions without reliable electricity. We Care Solar has equipped more than 3,000 health facilities in over 20 countries with the We Care Solar Suitcase®, a compact solar energy system providing essential lighting and power. Dr. Stachel is passionate about promoting sustainable energy solutions for women’s health and speaks around the world on this topic. She was one of the Top 10 CNN Heroes of 2013 and has received numerous awards for her work at We Care Solar.










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