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Malawi takes bold steps to increase access to solar lights

  We are pleased to report that, after lobbying the Malawian authorities, together with the Renewable Energy Industries Association of Malawi (REIAMA) and the wider solar sector, on the 18th February 2022, the Malawi Government took the decision to remove import duties (15 – 30%) on entry level solar lights. This is hugely important. In […]

Meet the author behind ‘The Magic Sun-Catcher’, Antonia Young

  Antonia Young is the kind of supporter any charity would be lucky to have. Truly passionate about SolarAid’s work and wanting to spread the word, that’s certainly how we feel. If you’ve ever been to West London, you may have even seen her with an 1930s bicycle, fundraising by selling ice cream. “I discovered […]

Lights and books are changing lives in Kachinda Moto

  A twenty minute drive down a dusty, bumpy road from the tarmac in Mankhamba, Central Malawi, sits Kachinda Moto. Surrounded by rolling hills, this small village is teeming with life. But, as the sun sets, a different story emerges. Like in most of sub-Saharan Africa, the evenings quickly turn to darkness. The darkness makes […]

Tropical Storm Ana brings flooding and darkness to Malawi

  Tropical Storm Ana swept through Southern Africa on 24 January, battering Malawi and neighbouring countries with heavy winds and torrential downpour. Roads were destroyed, communities flooded and the national power grid devastated. Families were forced to wade through flood water in total darkness to seek safety. The government declared a state of national disaster […]

From Covid-19 to racing to End the Darkness

  Ricardo Cordeiro de Sousa is the type of guy who misses his own graduation to run marathons for a charity. He suffered badly from Covid-19 in July, but soon after recovery, he decided that he would take on a challenge to run one marathon a month to fundraise for SolarAid. He’s dedicated to getting […]

2021: Ending the Darkness – one light at a time

  As the year is coming to an end, we are taking a step back to look at all the incredible achievements we have made together. What a year it has been. Let’s look back together (we recommend full screen!).  I want to thank all of our amazing supporters who have helped us reach […]

Stories of open flames in rural Zambia

“We need to look for lamps for our house, because when we use candles, it becomes dangerous with children. You are not supposed to leave children with active fires (…) A lot of children get burnt, this is a problem, and someone can die.” In a small house in Chasefu village in rural Zambia, Richard […]

How your support is helping respond to the climate crisis

  How can I do my bit to help combat climate change? Many people seem to be asking this question right now. What can I do to make a difference? Perhaps you are watching the news coverage coming out of COP26 or listening to radio talk shows discussing how we can reduce our use of […]

A candle is lit in the dark.

No one should lose their life, trying to light their home

Almost 600 million people in sub-Saharan Africa have no access to electricity and for the first time in eight years, the number of families left in the dark as the sun sets in rural Africa is increasing. The desperation for light in the pitch black forces millions to burn open flames in their homes, causing […]