Who we are

SolarAid is an international development charity working alongside communities in the most rural and hard to reach areas of sub-Saharan Africa to tackle poverty and the climate crisis through access to clean, safe solar lights.

At SolarAid, we believe that everyone deserves access to clean, safe solar power, no matter where they live. 

For millions of people across sub-Saharan Africa, the working day ends when the sun sets.  But, we know there is a simple solution – solar lights. At the flick of a switch, solar lights allow families to earn, children to learn and the planet to breathe a bit easier. 

Working alongside rural communities, entrepreneurs and development partners, we are developing creative and innovative solutions to ensure that every home, school and clinic has access to clean, safe solar power.

What We Do

From supporting local entrepreneurs through training and finance to lighting up whole communities and finding ways to reduce e-waste, our programmes are varied but our approach is the same.

How we work

We do charity differently. We work alongside the most remote communities to create sustainable and scalable programmes centred around building local enterprise which in turn creates resilience to the climate crisis.

Where we work

Alongside direct action on the ground, we engage with partners, governments and development actors to advocate for change.

Our impact

  • 2.3M

    solar lights distributed worldwide

  • 12.5M

    people reached by clean, safe, renewable light

  • $297.9

    saved by families a year

Get involved

Buy a light

See the transformation a solar light brings first hand by buying a solar light yourself

A solar light above a book.