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Light A Village

Light a Village is our latest innovation aiming to provide clean light to families living without access to electricity in Malawi.

Only 6.6% of the rural population in Malawi is connected to electricity.

This means that when the sun sets, the majority of the rural population are living in total darkness. This is energy poverty.

Without access to electricity, families are forced to turn to dangerous alternatives such as homemade torches, candles and kerosene lamps. These options aren’t only expensive, but they are also imperilling health, impairing education, and emitting astonishingly high amounts of carbon into the atmosphere.

Chikho, TA Kasakula, Ntchisi District, Malawi. June 25th, 2021.

Light a Village is working to change this, one village at a time. By providing each household with solar lighting, we aim to combat energy poverty with clean, safe, and affordable light. The pilot programme lit up 500 homes, a whole village, in Ntchisi, Malawi. Every home received a solar home system for free and pay for their energy usage on a pay as you go basis.

Having access to clean, safe, and affordable solar light in the evening is improving the wellbeing of the community. Not only are the homes in Ntchisi lit up after sunset, but children will be able to study more, household health will improve, families will save money and CO2 emissions will be averted from the atmosphere helping to mitigate climate change.

A solar light truly changes everything.

"My hope for this community is that, as they are going to use these solar panels, their lives can be changed. "
Agnes Kalima, Teacher

Traditional Authority Kasakula calls for safer light sources

Traditional Authority (TA) Kasakula’s headquarters is located in the central district of Ntchisi, Malawi. The road leading to his headquarters is long, rough, and winding, difficult to travel in the pitch black.  There are only three houses and two shops near his headquarters that have electricity. The rest of the village depends on alternative sources of light such as torches, candles and muyatso.

Stella holding burning straw.

Stela's village is receiving solar

Stela Manuel lives with her 1-year-old daughter and husband in a rural village in central Malawi. As the sun sets in the village, it gets dark. The lack of electricity forces families like Stela’s to turn to other sources of light, such as candles, kerosene, or muyatso – burning straw.

Candle flame in TA Kasakula's hands