Vision + mission

Our vision is for a world where everyone has access to clean, renewable, energy.

A world where farmers can sort through their harvest even after the sun sets. Where children can study and realise their dreams. Where midwives can deliver babies safely through the night. And where the planet can breathe a bit easier.

We are working towards a world where the poorest and most remote communities aren’t left behind. Where entrepreneurs have access to the resources they need to expand their businesses, create sustainable income and light up their communities at the same time. 

Margaret Michael is seen interacting with a customer at Mandevu Market in Kasungu district, central Malawi.

Yet today, 590 million people across sub-Saharan Africa lack access to electricity. When the sun sets, the working day ends for millions of people. For millions of others, the only option is to ignite kerosene lamps and paraffin candles, which emit toxic fumes into their lungs and into the earth’s atmosphere.

Without access to clean, renewable energy, the communities we work with are left even more vulnerable to the effects of climate change. But, there is a simple solution that creates instant impact – solar power. We believe that every community across sub-Saharan Africa should have access to clean, safe, solar powered light and electricity.

Our mission is to light up every home, school and clinic in Africa by 2030, using safe, clean, solar power.

Together, we are making light work.

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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.

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.

Solar lifht technicians stand in front of their van.

Where we work

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

A solar light above a book.