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For brighter futures, just add light

Sarah Knight

Kesilina and her son look to the camera while Kesilina cooks dinner using her solar light.


As the sun sets, millions of families are without electricity, forced to burn dirty kerosene lamps or straw to light their home.

However, a solar light provides safe, clean, energy – it brings communities together and creates a brighter future, in an instant. Farmers can sort their crops, children can study, patients can be treated in the hospital and women can give birth safely after dark.

Our programme Light a Village recently brought solar light to 500 homes in the remote, rural village, Ntchisi, Malawi. It’s been a huge success for people like Kesilina Chiwoza, whose story we shared with you last year. One year on and her family have experienced the benefits of solar power. Her family feels safe after dark, and she’s also found that she can make money from people coming to charge their mobile phones from her solar supply. But you don’t need to just rely on us telling you – you can hear from Kesilina herself.

This year, with your support, we’re looking at bringing solar light to a further 2000 homes. So in a year from now, even more families like Kesilina’s will have solar power.To install a solar lighting system in a home as part of a ‘Light A Village’ initiative costs about £100. So, this Christmas, will you give the gift of light and join us in creating brighter futures for people and the planet? 

And, to make this giving season even brighter, The EQ Foundation has offered to match one-off donations up to a total of £20,000, so your gift will go even further than before.

Give the gift of light


Thank you for all you do to help spread light. Wishing you all a very merry festive season from the SolarAid and SunnyMoney teams.