SolarAid distributes affordable 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 25% of a family's income.

But with a solar light, everything changes. Families reduce their expenditure on fuel, enabling 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, safety, and wellness of all family members, particularly women and children, while simultaneously averting tons of  CO₂ emissions.

SolarAid’s social enterprise project, SunnyMoney, uses a market-based business model that trains community members to sell solar lights through school and business networks. Their network now reaches over 10 million people, with a primary focus in Malawi, Uganda and
Zambia, and they ensure the long term sustainability of their work by re-investing every dollar of solar light revenue back into local economies.


Solar lamps have simplified our life. We are able to save money as compared to when we were using
[kerosene] to sustain studies for our children.
— Mr. Ngwira, SolarAid Malawi
Photos courtesy of Patrick Bentley, SolarAid

Photos courtesy of Patrick Bentley, SolarAid


The Honnold Foundation is proud to collaborate with SolarAid's community solar advocates, and continues to support SolarAid in its goal to eradicate kerosene lanterns from Africa.