Photo credit: SolarAid

SolarAid is a leading international charity that provides access to clean, affordable solar lights. It is based in London and working in Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia.

Its aim is to address the fact that 91% of the rural population in Sub-Saharan Africa currently live without electricity but instead rely on dangerous, toxic kerosene for lighting. Burning this kerosene contributes to indoor air pollution and also causes respiratory disease, eye infections and often fatal accidents. SolarAid have set themselves the goal of eradicating the kerosene lamp from Africa by 2020 through the distribution of solar lights through an innovative social enterprise model.

The MCFEA supported SolarAid from 2013 to 2018. Through the funding, SoarAid brought clean and affordable solar lights in Uganda with the mission of ‘no one left in the dark by 2030’.