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Spending a Night Without Light

  Mirjana Škrba is Chair of SolarAid board, who has taken on the challenge of spending a Night Without Light. She spent the evening using only the power of solar light, to experience what it’s like for the nearly 600 million people in sub-Saharan Africa without electricity. _____ My night without light started at about […]

Method Matters to Women Entrepreneurs

  Working in partnerships with other innovative organisations is a key part of SolarAid’s strategy. We are also recognising the power of women entrepreneurship in providing energy access in rural communities, where women are key change makers. This is a story from SolarAid’s partner in Senegal, ElleSolaire. ElleSolaire works to support women entrepreneurs to build last mile […]

Trailing the journey of the solar light in Zambia

Has it ever occurred to you how most times, we only tend to appreciate the things we take for granted when we visit places outside of our comfort zone? As the Zambian saying goes (in one of the local languages Bemba), “Umwana ashenda atasha nina ukunaya”, directly translated as; “A child who doesn’t travel only […]

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Sharing our models – The Solar Light Library Toolkit

  Today, on World Youth Skills Day, SolarAid is thrilled to announce the development of its new Solar Light Library Toolkit. This is an open source toolkit which has been developed to help schools and development organisations set up their own solar Light Libraries to help ensure that every student has access to light. At […]

From Lusaka: Senator Kayungwa, a solar light enthusiast

So many incredible stories pass through the doors of our SunnyMoney office in Lusaka, Zambia every month. Last week, we had a visit from Senator Kayungwa, an inspirational solar light enthusiast and entrepreneur lighting up rural Zambia one solar light at a time. Like many people living in rural Zambia, Senator Kuyungwa is no stranger to […]

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Solar can power dreams and create brighter futures

  Globally, 230 million children attend schools without access to electricity, impeding their ability to access quality education. For many, the challenges don’t stop there. At home, children also lack access to light leaving them unable to study and imagine a brighter future as the sun sets. As part of SolarAid’s mission, we are committed […]

Press Release 16/05/2022

SOLARAID: POWERING CHILDREN’S DREAMS   – Charity calls out for collaboration to bring safe and clean light to every school in sub-Saharan Africa. On United Nations International Day of Light (16th May), global development charity SolarAid is pledging to support every school in sub-Saharan Africa to have access to clean, safe, solar lighting by 2030. […]

Tackling the toughest footrace in the world to end energy poverty

  Forty degree heat, howling desert winds and 250 kilometres of endless sand dunes, the Marathon Des Sables isn’t for the faint of heart. This self-sufficient ultra-marathon across the Sahara desert is known as the world’s toughest footrace – and for good reason.  SolarAid supporter, Jon Cross, didn’t let the enormity of this challenge stand […]

Powering Healthcare in Malawi

A report into the challenges which lead to the failure of many solar systems within health clinics in Malawi, how these challenges can be addressed and why solar systems still offer the potential to solve the energy crisis facing rural health facilities in sub-Saharan Africa.