Doris gazes at her solar light at her fish market stall.

When the sun goes down at 6pm in sub-Saharan Africa, the day ends for 590 million people. There is no switch on the wall to turn on the light. There is no access to electricity. Instead, families have no choice but to ignite kerosene lamps and paraffin candles, which emit toxic fumes into their lungs and into the earth’s atmosphere.

These alternatives are endangering health, impairing education, wasting income and damaging the planet.

But, it doesn’t have to be this way. With solar lights, we can change the story at a flick of a switch.

Neila points to her solar light.

42-year-old Nelia Mbewe point at a solar bulb at her home in Kachingwe Village, Kasungu central Malawi on Thursday 29 April 2021

Sister Grace welcomes a newborn into the world with her solar light.

Let’s make light work

When you help get one of our portable solar lights into the hands of a farmer, it means they can sort through their soya beans even after the sun sets.

For a child it means they can get ahead in school because they can actually do their homework in the evening. And for a midwife, it means she can deliver babies safely through the night.

With every light you’re helping to make local enterprise happen. In partnership with our Social Enterprise, SunnyMoney, we’re creating local demand for a solar energy markets, meaning our solar lights can reach people one else is reaching. This approach helps instil trust in new solar technologies, maintain consumer rights and develop lasting sustainable energy legacy.

Real, sustainable change can happen. And it can happen overnight.

Christine stand proudly behind her brand new bike.

Christine Mukuka is a SunnyMoney representative. She travels by bike to some of the country’s most remotest places and sells solar lights for a small profit.

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Young boy sits on the side of a mud hut while charging his solar lights.

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We'd love to keep you updated on the impact of our work and share inspiring stories from the ground.

The Solar Revolution

Margaret John in Malawi selling fish after dark.

Solar Entrepreneurs

We believe the best way to make long-lasting change is through creating a local market. We do this by training and supporting entrepreneurs, known as Agents, to sell solar lights.

Derrick completes his homework after dark.

Bright Learning

By working with schools and their head teachers, we can build awareness, trust and demand for solar lights. This gives students the opportunity to well in school, creating brighter futures.

Siter Grace takes a pregnant lady's blood pressure using a solar light.

Powering Healthcare

Working together with local health partners, we are developing programmes which aim to distribute plug and play solar systems and handheld medical appliances.

Our Impact

Aliya and her firends rent a torch in Malawi.
  • 2.1M

    lights distributed worldwide.

  • 11M

    people in sub-Saharan Africa reached by clean, safe, affordable light.

  • 2.2M

    tonnes of CO2 emissions averted from the atmosphere.