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SolarAid is a leading international charity that provides access to clean, affordable solar lights. It is based in London and already 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.

In 2013 the MCFEA committed to support SolarAid's efforts to enhance solar light distribution networks in the Rumphi District in Malawi.