Solar Aid

Light up Africa

SolarAid currently distributes solar lights in Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia and Uganda, increasing education, improving health and reducing poverty. Our goal is to eradicate the kerosene lamp from Africa by 2020. AS WELL AS THE BIG GIVE ALL DONATIONS WILL BE DOUBLED BY THE UK GOVERNMENT!!

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 10:00 AM, 4 December 2014 to 5:00 PM, 17 December 2014

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1115960)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£30,000

Amount raised

£58,243

Donations

145

    Category

  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Environment/ConservationEnvironment/Conservation
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief

    Helping

Location

  • "Charity money has only one life but when you transform it into social business money then it becomes a life of eternity."

    — Muhammed Yunus, 2006 Nobel Peace Prize Winner

  • "If you do the math, kerosene is expensive. Solar enables many ways of saving money. You just buy it, it doesn't have problems."

    — Noorkisaruni Osono, Kenyan customer

  • ‚ÄúThe flames it was producing were polluting the air and I was staying in the dark when I didn‚Äôt have money.‚Äù

    — John Kariuki, Kenyan customer

  • "Charity money has only one life but when you transform it into social business money then it becomes a life of eternity."

    — Muhammed Yunus, 2006 Nobel Peace Prize Winner

  • "If you do the math, kerosene is expensive. Solar enables many ways of saving money. You just buy it, it doesn't have problems."

    — Noorkisaruni Osono, Kenyan customer

  • “The flames it was producing were polluting the air and I was staying in the dark when I didn’t have money.”

    — John Kariuki, Kenyan customer

Situation

The kerosene lamp is choking Africa ºs health, wealth and education potential. Every African home deserves safe, clean solar light - light to learn, light to earn and freedom to thrive. Kerosene is brutally expensive, costing on average 15% of a household's weekly budget. The toxic fumes from burning kerosene are extremely bad for people's health and one kerosene lamp contributes a tonne of carbon emissions. Kerosene lamps are also dangerous - burns and fatalities are common place.

Solution

Solar lights provide a clean and safe alternative to kerosene lamps: 1. Increasing household income, as sunshine is free; 2. Improving education by enabling children to study after dusk; 3. Improving the health of families by removing the toxic fumes from burning kerosene; 4. Providing more time that can be used in the evenings for income generating activities. Furthermore by selling solar lights we leverage local enterprise and help create a market. This is more sustainable than aid.