Solar Aid

Powering 94,400 out of the dark

For this year’s Christmas Challenge, we hope you will join us in reaching 94,400 people in rural Africa with clean, safe and affordable solar light. For every £4 donated, we can reach one more family with a solar light. Together, we are closer to ensuring that no one is left in the dark.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020


Registered Charity in England and Wales (1115960)

Check mark Match funded

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Championed by The EQ Foundation


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


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Women & GirlsWomen & Girls
  • OtherOther


Multiple locations

  • “We live a happy life now when darkness comes because we are able to light our home for a long time [with our solar light].”

    — Sithembile Kasambala, Malawi

  • "Candles used to cause frequent fires in this area. Now there are not so many because of your solar lights."

    — Felix Mandia, Zambia

  • “Performance of my children at school is now good; school work is simple now to do at night, [before] my children were not studying.”

    — J Longwe, Malawi


Currently there are 600 million people living in sub-Saharan Africa without access to electricity. This means families are forced to rely on dangerous and expensive alternatives to light their homes - like candles, kerosene or poor quality battery torches. Latest official projections are that by 2030, there will still be 600 million left in the dark. At SolarAid, we are determined to light the way for a brighter future. Our mission is to ensure that, by 2030, no one will be left in the dark.


SolarAid provides access to affordable solar lights in the poorest, rural communities in Malawi and Zambia. We sell solar lights through our social enterprise, SunnyMoney, using a ‘trade-not-aid’ approach to catalyse sustainable solar markets. With a solar light, everything changes. Over three years, each family saves £159, over 1,000 extra study hours are created for children, 1.1 tonnes of CO2 emissions are averted and half the household experiences better health.