Shining Mothers Appeal

Eness is standing out the front of her house, holding a solar light, smiling

When you give to SolarAid you’re helping bring solar lights to places where access to electricity is limited, or doesn’t exist at all.

The areas where the solar light is on are where our supporters have already helped transform lives with the power of solar light. The areas where the solar lights are switched off are the 6 new regions where we urgently need your help to turn on the lights.

When the sun sets in Malawi, families are forced to put themselves at risk, burning kerosene lamps, paraffin candles or straw fires just for a bit of light.

So we had to ask ourselves – how can we get more lights to more people, more efficiently? This is where we need you. Or rather, a group of incredible women need you – women like Eness.

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Eness Naliwa, part of the Mayi Walas Chimwemwe group, at her home placing a solar light on her roof.

Eness Naliwa, part of the Mayi Walas Chimwemwe group, at her home, charging her solar light by placing it on her roof.

Eness, a single mother to five children, is a member of the Mayi Walas programme which SolarAid launched to recruit, train and support women solar agents in rural Malawi. Mayi Walas means ‘Shining Mothers’ in Chichewa, Malawi’s national language. These ‘Shining Mothers’ are part of a collaborative social enterprise model that is revolutionising the way we work.

When Eness joined SolarAid’s ‘Shining Mothers’ programme, it was a real turning point in Eness’ life. Now part of a supportive group of entrepreneurial women, she’s bringing solar lights to remote parts of Malawi, and the money she’s making is helping put food on her table and her children through school.

With your support, these incredible women will be able to transform their lives and those of their community with safe, clean solar lights. Their communication skills and connections mean they’re able to get life-changing solar lights into the hands of people we simply cannot reach alone.

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The profits from distributing these lights will help put food on her family table. And the 20 lights she delivers will transform the lives of at least 20 more people overnight.

Your Christmas gift today will be truly life-changing. It could be the reason a child can read after dark. It can help people say goodbye to dangerous fossil fuels. It could mean a midwife is able to deliver babies throughout the night.

Donate to support a ‘Shining Mother’


In the video below, you can follow the transformational journey of a box of solar lights.



One woman’s life will change forever when she opens this box. And she will change the lives of 20 more. Will you help us transform lives this Christmas?

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"Although I am not married I am able to do everything on my own."
Eness Naliwa
Kuwala Mayi Walas women are dancing and celebrating together in a circle.