Extending the working day

Saidi is a shopkeeper in Nyama, in the south of Malawi. Since his shop was destroyed in a cyclone last year, he’s worked hard to rebuild his business and provide for his family. But when he had to close his new shop every day at sundown, because there was no light available, he found it so frustrating.

“People like to come to my shop even after the sun sets because they can still see what they’re buying.” – Saidi Sanduka

Yet with the power of solar and the flick of a switch we can change his story.

Donate a solar light

Right now, we need your support to get solar lights to entrepreneurs just like Saidi. When you help get one of our portable solar lights into the hands of a shopkeeper, it means they can continue serving their community into the night. For a tailor, like Ibrahim, it means they can continue hemming items after the sun sets. And for the children in the home, it means they can get ahead in school because they can actually do their homework in the evening.

With every light we get to rural Malawian villages like Nyama, you’re helping to make local enterprise happen. You’re helping reach communities no one else is reaching. And together we’re helping to turn the hopes and ambitions of many into reality.

“The home system gives me power all night, so I can work more hours during darkness.” – Ibrahim Banda

At the flick of a switch, you can help someone else like Saidi work the nightshift – and give them many more hours in the day to support their family.

Your help is needed more urgently than ever. Because the currency in Malawi has been drastically devalued, the cost of alternative light sources has rocketed. Batteries, kerosene, candles: everything costs so much more than it did a year ago. A pair of batteries has almost doubled in price to MK450. Struggling to afford light of any kind, means even more people are having to end their working day at sundown, limiting their life chances.

Will you send the gift of light today? You can help people like Saidi & Ibrahim, at the flick of a switch.

We’re ready and waiting for the next shipment of solar lights to arrive in Malawi, but we need supporters like you to help make it happen.

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"I bought my first solar light in 2019. It was like the one over there [pointing at a charging light], nothing fancy, but it lit up our shop like magic when the night came."
Saidi Sanduka