SolarAid is an international charity that combats poverty and climate change. We are providing access to solar lights in some of the most remote regions of the world and building a movement to eradicate the kerosene lamp.
598 million people in Africa alone have no access to electricity. Without electricity families have no clean source of light, leaving millions to rely on expensive and dangerous alternatives. Many use homemade kerosene lamps which are a poor source of light; they emit toxic black smoke, eat up to 15% of a family’s income and are extremely hazardous. Children can’t study at night, the working day ends prematurely and indoor air pollution presents a serious health hazard.
Why we sell lights
We are pioneering a truly sustainable model. We created a social enterprise, SunnyMoney, who sell lights via school networks and local enterprises. But why sell them you ask? Well, in short, it allows money to be reinvested back into our work, encourages job creation and ensures money stays in the local economy. With increasing demand for solar, other players begin to enter the market creating more access than ever before. We are establishing a market that will reach far beyond the lights that SunnyMoney sell. A market that will eventually light up an entire continent and leave a lasting energy legacy.
A donation to SolarAid is one of the best value gifts on the planet. Check out our impact calculator to see just how far your donation will stretch.
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