Solar Aid

Powering 43,500 people out of the dark

Our mission is to eradicate the kerosene lamp from Africa and ensure nobody is left in the dark. 43,500 people will be reached with solar lights through this project. We reach families with solar lights in rural communities where no one else will go - tackling poverty and climate change.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 27 November 2018 to 12:00 PM, 4 December 2018

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1115960)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£20,000

Amount raised

£40,255

Donations

94

    Category

    Helping

Location

  • SolarAid‚Äôs SunnyMoney non-profit business model acts as a market primer for companies like ours. We have found it much easier to penetrate markets where customers have already had a positive experience with solar products.

    — COO of Off-Grid: Electric, Erica Mackey

  • ‚Äú[The solar light] has reduced my cost of living, I don‚Äôt experience air pollution, my kids can read for longer hours and it uses sun as its source of energy.‚Äù Joseph Kirui in Kenya

    — Joseph Kirui in Kenya

  • ‚Äú[The kerosene lantern] was polluting the air, my kids were having eye infections and they were coughing a lot. It was costing me a lot for their treatment.‚Äù

    — Dickson Murumbi in Kenya

  • “[The solar light] has reduced my cost of living, I don’t experience air pollution, my kids can read for longer hours and it uses sun as its source of energy.” Joseph Kirui in Kenya

    — Joseph Kirui in Kenya

  • “[The kerosene lantern] was polluting the air, my kids were having eye infections and they were coughing a lot. It was costing me a lot for their treatment.”

    — Dickson Murumbi in Kenya

  • SolarAid’s SunnyMoney non-profit business model acts as a market primer for companies like ours. We have found it much easier to penetrate markets where customers have already had a positive experience with solar products.

    — COO of Off-Grid: Electric, Erica Mackey

Situation

600 million people in Africa are still living without access to electricity. They have no choice but to rely on expensive alternatives like candles, torches and, worst of all, kerosene lamps to escape the dark. These filthy devices are imperilling health, impairing education, wasting household income and emitting astonishingly high amounts of carbon into the atmosphere. Yet the solution already exists.

Solution

When a family switches from kerosene to a solar light, everything changes: - One household reached with solar light - £145 saved by not buying kerosene - 1,006 extra hours study time - 1.1 tonnes of CO₂ emissions averted - Half the household experiencing better health We sell solar lights through our social enterprise, SunnyMoney, using a sustainable trade-not-aid approach. With your help we reach the most remote areas, empowering everyone to choose solar and break out of poverty.