Solar lights sold







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.
“Widespread energy poverty still condemns billions to darkness, ill health and missed opportunities for education and prosperity.” UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon

The problem

598 million people in Africa alone have no access to electricty. 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 are extremely hazardous. Children can’t study at night, the working day ends prematurely and indoor air pollution presents a serious health hazard.

The solution

With a solar light, everything changes.

“If not for the solar lights we would have been in darkness.” Alex M, Malawi

Solar light customers tell us that investing in a solar light saves money, improves health, makes their homes safer and helps children study at night. 

Each solar light shining also means one less kerosene lamp, saving around 200kg of carbon dioxide per year.

“Which plastic gadget, fitting neatly into one hand, can most quickly improve the lives of the world’s poorest people… over the next decade it will be the solar-powered lamp.” The Economist

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 in to 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 then 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. Find out more here.