The Vision

solar aidSolarAid is an international charity founded in 2006 to combat poverty and climate change. Through our social enterprise, SunnyMoney, we provide access to solar lights in Malawi and Zambia to help catalyse solar markets with renewable light.

548 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.

Solar lights are safe, clean and affordable. It is a small, but smart innovation which gives off hours of light in the evening so families can earn, learn and feel safe after dark. Just one lamp can transform the future for an entire family and is the first step out of poverty.

SolarAid’s vision is of a world where everyone has access to clean, renewable, energy.



Yet today, 548 million people in sub-Saharan Africa lack access to electricity. This forces people across the continent to cut their day short at around 6pm, with many relying on expensive, toxic and dangerous lighting sources such as candles and kerosene lamps.

This unacceptable situation has a negative impact on every facet of life, trapping people in poverty. Children cannot study and do their homework in the dark. Kerosene flames are harmful to people’s health. Lack of light and electricity make it harder for people to make a living. Burning fossil fuels just to see at night also harms the environment.

The most pressing issue, however, is safety. Too many people risk their lives every single night, by relying on candles and rudimentary kerosene lamps, just to light their homes.

Our mission is to light up every home, school and clinic in Africa by 2030, using safe, clean, solar power. No one should be left in the dark.

You can help us, Efficient Homes and Solar Aid end the darkness.


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Switching to renewable energy is not only good for the environment, and those supported by Solar Aid.