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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 […]

The real cost of a candle in Mandevu

  It was when I met 9-year-old Alinafe in Mandevu village, Malawi, that I truly understood the cost of a candle. Driven by determination to do well in her upcoming school exam, the little girl had gone to the village trading centre to purchase a candle after the family’s battery-torch had run out.  This single […]

The three reasons Solarcentury’s donation means something

With such high temperatures in the UK this week, it seems apt Solarcentury would make its biggest ever donation of £528,527 to SolarAid – as covered by the Guardian. Here are three reasons why we are celebrating today: Rising from the ashes We have shared with you the difficult times SolarAid had when we catalysed the markets of Kenya […]

The future of finance – SolarAid wins innovation challenge

  In the burgeoning ‘solar revolution’ of sub-Saharan Africa, we are seeing an incredible number of people being reached with clean and affordable energy for the first time. When we started 13 years ago, it was just us. Now there are hundreds of companies looking to serve people with solar energy. However, growth is limited. […]

Time to take recycling seriously – SolarAid wins Solar E-waste challenge

Often when delivering talks, in meetings or discussing our work to anyone and everyone who will listen, people ask ‘can the solar lights be recycled?’ There has never been a good enough answer. For years, the solar lights we sell have been made hard to ‘tamper’ with or reverse engineer by the manufacturers, making repairs […]