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Our goal: To eradicate the


There are approximately 110 million off-grid households in Africa; in SubSaharan Africa, only 9% of the rural population have access to electricity.

A lack of access to energy is one of

the main causes of poverty WWF

The Energy Crisis

An estimated 58.3million households without grid
access are using kerosene to light their homes;
92% of the population of Kenya uses kerosene,
mainly for lighting.

But kerosene

is expensive, typically accounting for 10-15% of total

household income. In Tanzania, it can cost as much as 70% of
a familys income
is bad for health, Paul Shirima in rural Tanzania told SolarAid
We used to cough and get flu when we were using the
kerosene lamp, also my children were getting eye pains
because of the fake kerosene.

But kerosene

is dangerous, studies in Nigeria showed 32% of burns in a

hospital were caused by kerosene
is bad for the environment, a kerosene lamp emits one ton
of CO2 over five years as well as black carbon (soot) that
traps heat into the atmosphere
gives poor light, a normal 60W bulb gives over 70 times
more light

The Power of Solar

This small solar light is called an S2

It costs approximately 5
Can provide 4 hours of bright light
Is safe and clean
Will last for at least 5 years

So what difference can a solar light


Solar lights can

Save money
In Kenya, all solar light customers interviewed have reduced
their kerosene use since buying the solar light, saving their
families nearly 74 a year
Savings are most commonly spent on food, education or
investing in farming and small businesses

Solar lights can

Increase child study time

92% of solar light customers we spoke to in Malawi said their
children are doing more homework at night
On average, children are doing two extra hours every evening
because having a solar light means that light is always

Solar lights can

Improve health
Nearly all customers we talked to in Kenya said that switching
from kerosene to solar light improved health, with less
coughing and eye irritation
Kerosene contributes to indoor air pollution that kills over 1
million people every year in Africa.

Solar lights can

Help the environment

In Tanzania, nearly nine in ten solar light customers we talked
to were using kerosene before they bought a solar light
Since buying a solar light, these customers have stopped
using one of their kerosene lamps; thats 200 kg of CO
emissions saved per lamp, every year

Solar lights can

Increase opportunity
Several studies in developing countries show that access to
proper lighting has a positive impact on productivity and
income-generating activity

Where SolarAid work


A market based approach

SolarAid does not give lights away but
sells them through its social enterprise,

Why is selling lights better than giving

them away?

1. A local market is created in a rural region where solar lights are not
2. Customers value the lights which all come with a warranty
3. Local retailers can stock and repair lights, creating jobs
4. It gives people choice and opportunity, not aid

Most importantly it is sustainable

Its working

In April 2013, SunnyMoney, sold more solar lights in one

month than in the whole of 2011.
There is huge demand for lights. But getting them
to remote rural regions remains an expensive and
difficult challenge.

What next?
There are still 58.3million households dependent on kerosene
for lighting in Africa.

SolarAids goal is to:

eradicate the
kerosene lamp from
Africa by 2020.

Weve reached about half a million alrea

But theres much more to be done.

Can you help?

Yes! Whether its by fundraising, spreading awareness of our
work or getting your companies, schools or any other
organisations your involved with engaged in the SolarAid
mission join us.

Together we can
get a clean light
into every home in
Africa and
eradicate the toxic
kerosene lamp by

Get in touch!
Twitter: @SolarAid
Facebook: facebook/solaraid