SolarAid distributes solar lamps to families in Africa’s most remote off-grid regions, where many households rely on homemade kerosene lanterns. Kerosene lanterns are dangerous, emit toxic black smoke, and require costly fuel that can consume up to 15% of a family's income.
But with a solar light, everything changes. Families reduce their expenditure on fuel, allowing them to afford food and education. A reliable nighttime light source allows children to study after sunset. And the elimination of kerosene lamps improves the health and wellness of all family members, particularly women and children.
Using a social enterprise model that trains community members to sell solar lights through school and business networks, SolarAid ensures the long term sustainability of their work, and helps to re-invest solar energy dollars in local economies.
The Honnold Foundation is proud to collaborate with community solar advocates like Leah, and continues to support SolarAid in its goal to eradicate kerosene lanterns from Africa by 2020.