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The Zambia drought

The different faces of climate change, part 3   3/3 The future generation Winter Makala is a teacher at Simuawa Primary School in Southern Zambia. He is also a SunnyMoney agent, working to get solar lights out to rural communities. He is passionate about his job, but his dream is to own his own farm […]

The Zambia drought

The different faces of climate change, part 2   2/3 The vicious cycle of climate change Climate change is hitting Zambia hard and parts of the country are experiencing the worst drought since 1981. Not only is it having a severe impact on local farmers and food prices, it is also leading to electricity black […]

The Zambia drought

The different faces of climate change, part 1   1/3 The Hunger ‘When there is no water, we go to bed and we sleep. And hope there is going to be water tomorrow’, the group of women sitting around the dried out well hum in agreement. Philip Mwenga is one of our agents distributing solar […]

SolarAid wins Energy Globe Award third year running

We are thrilled to announce that SolarAid has won the Energy Globe National Award for Malawi!  The Energy Globe Award was founded in 1999 by the Austrian energy pioneer Wolfgang Neumann and is one of today’s most prestigious environmental awards. All of the national winners were announced on World Environment Day (June 5th) and the presentation […]

SunnyMoney Agent Deep Dive

  In this Agent Deep Dive by 60 decibels, you can have a look at who our Agents in Malawi and Zambia are and what they have to say.

Climate Change at the centre stage for Lake of Stars

It’s the dry season in Malawi and the roads are dusty, which means that, even though it’s hot in the car, we keep the windows shut as we drive up North. The closer we get to our final destination, Kachere, in Nkhata Bay, just next to Lake Malawi, the land around us gets greener. This […]

It’s amazing what women with energy can do

We are very proud to support the work that our partner ElleSolaire is doing to deliver access to clean energy in Senegal’s rural communities through women-led entrepreneurs. Women are playing a vital role in bringing clean and renewable energy to families living without electricity. “Mummy, mummy, where’s my boubou? Where’s my boubou?” It’s frantic inside Seynabou’s hut this […]

The Buggin’ Off team complete the Mongol Rally

Andy, Henry and Ollie (team Buggin’ Off) completed the Mongol Rally race in August 2019. They drove 10,315 miles in 41 days, across an array of difficult landscapes and – at times – horrendous roads, all in a tiny Nissan Micra! The journey was filled with adventures. The most difficult leg of the race was […]

SolarAid is striking, here’s why

While our team in London is getting ready for the Global Climate Strike (#GlobalClimateStrike) on Friday, we are also supporting teams working hard to increase access to solar-powered light and electricity across rural Africa. Access to electricity is critical for modern societies to develop and build stronger, more resilient economies which are able to withstand […]

Together, we can light up Malawi this Christmas

  A candle might mean something different to me than it does to you. I’ve heard stories from the UK of using candles at Christmas, on a romantic occasion, or even with a bath. In Malawi, we have no choice but to use candles made from crude oil to try and light our homes. Thanks […]