The word Omushana comes from the Southwestern Ugandan language of Rukiga, meaning ‘’Sunshine’’, and that is exactly where the Omushana company was founded by Garland Smith, on Earth Day 2019, during a volunteering program. The essence of Omushana is to make the lives of those living in need convenient. It currently provides solar lantern lighting to Ugandan communities who have acute shortages of electricity. These solar lanterns emit hours of light, which allow people to better harness dark nights. Speaking about his stay in Uganda, Garland explained; “I remember when my power would go out regularly and I just couldn’t work. But I was fortunate to even have power in the first place, because the people around me didn’t at all. That’s when I thought about combating this problem with a solution.”
He further described the three key foundational pillars of Omushana; first being, to provide light; through each purchase of his eco-friendly clothing a solar lantern is provided for a household, who in particular lacks access to reliable power sources in order to read, cook and socialise, to name a few implications. To put it simply; one garment for one lantern, Garland emphasised.