"If not us, who? If not now, when?"
Robert Workman started TIFIE Humanitarian (Teaching Individuals and Families Independence through Enterprise) after visiting the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and witnessing first-hand the need for helping people out of poverty. His revelation, teach villagers how to run a sustainable business in their communities and empowering them to lift themselves out of poverty.
Democratic Republic of the Congo
First portable solar power pack tested in DRC — originally called GoBe, now the Goal Zero Yeti 150 — consisted of a battery, solar panel and LED light. This simple system brought light, safety and economic empowerment to villagers.
A New Beginning
Goal Zero launches as a business. Our mission: to empower people by putting reliable power in the hands of every human being, based on a mantra of Zero Apathy, Zero Boundaries, and Zero Regrets.
Haiti 7.0 Earthquake
Humanitarian partners in Haiti offer Goal Zero batteries and lights after the earthquake. Given the choice of a bag of rice or the Goal Zero gear, people chose power and light.
Japan Earthquake and Tsunami
Goal Zero donated hundreds of lighting kits and solar panels to families in Japan who were without power as a result of the earthquake and tsunami.
Mahout village in rural India received 40 Torch flashlights, providing safety and lights.
With the launch of the "Buy One, Give One" campaign, GZ Nation sent 9 Goal Zero employees and almost $600,000 worth of portable power, solar panels and lights to those living in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Goal Zero begins an ongoing partnership with Team Rubicon, powering their communications during relief deployments.
Learn more about Team Rubicon at TeamRubiconUSA.com
Sister company Barebones launches at Winter Outdoor Retailer show. What Goal Zero is for power, Barebones is for living, featuring scalable, durable structures and gardening supplies.
Learn more at BarebonesLiving.com
Street Charge launched with Pensa and AT&T in New York City, seeking to empower people on the go.
Learn more at Street-Charge.com
Share the Sun Launches
Share the Sun, Goal Zero's humanitarian program launches in online sales, giving GZ Nation the power to change lives by donating sun shares to projects of their choice.
Learn more at GoalZero.com/ShareTheSun
Navajo Nation, Tuba City, AZ
Over 50 people living without power on the Navajo Nation receive portable and installed solar kits from Share The Sun.
Typhoon Haiyan Relief
GZ Nation comes through again, donating $300,000 in power, lights and Barebones structures for victims of Typhoon Haiyan with Charity Vision and Team Rubicon.
Goal Zero begins new phase with acquisition by NRG Energy
"Our mission is to put reliable power in the hands of every human on earth. Being part of NRG, a company that is similarly aligned, allows us to reach this goal in a much more powerful way. We exist to do good, to empower people everywhere," said Robert Workman, CEO and founder of Goal Zero.
Read the press release here.