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.
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.