SolarAid, Africa
Creative distribution brings solar lights to East Africa’s rural poor

Some 590 million Africans live off the electric grid, instead using dangerous and polluting kerosene lamps. With the ambitious goal of eliminating the kerosene lamp from Africa by 2020, Solar Aid’s sales teams work with headteachers in rural areas to promote good quality, affordable solar lights to families. With over 400,000 lamps sold since 2010, the organisation is now the largest distributer of solar lights in Africa.

The immediate benefits are immeasurable: children are able to study in the evening, kerosene is avoided, and families save money. And by using competitive procurement, SolarAid is helping raise standards across the industry.

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Head teachers try out solar lights at a meeting with a SolarAid sales team
Head teachers collect solar lights that they have ordered
SolarAid tests every batch of lights, to make sure that rural customers get reliable produces
Kat Harrison
Director of Research and Impact
SolarAid
United Kingdom