SunnyMoney Malawi

SolarAid first opened its SunnyMoney office in Malawi in 2006. Since then, SunnyMoney has been building a sustainable solar market in Malawi through the sale and distribution of pico-solar lights.

In Malawi, 82% of the population is living without access to electricity. Through SunnyMoney and innovative programmes like Project Switch, launched in April 2019, we are working to combat energy poverty and climate change, providing rural communities clean energy solutions that work until no one is left in the dark.

Malawi in numbers

  • 82%

    live without access to electricity.

  • 300K

    solar lights distributed.

  • 1.5M

    people reached with clean, renewable light.

Solar stories from Malawi

What happens when a village gets light?

In April last year, we launched Project Switch in the village of Mandevu in central Malawi. The village was unelectrified and the majority of people were forced to use dangerous or toxic alternatives to get light after the sun had set. We wanted to help solve this.

Going beyond business as usual in Malawi

We are excited to share the news that our SunnyMoney team in Malawi has set up two new solar light libraries which are designed to help enable universal access to clean, renewable, light. Light Libraries adopt the same philosophy as a traditional library of books, people who cannot afford to buy a solar light can still access one by borrowing from their local solar Light Library.