A couple of weeks ago, SunnyMoney, SolarAid’s social enterprise, sold its 700,000th solar light in rural Africa. Incredibly, over 75% of these (532,368 to be exact) have been sold in the last 12 months. We’ve done some sums, and that equates to a solar light reaching a new customer every minute. Quite extraordinary really.
All credit to our teams in Tanzania, Kenya, Zambia and Malawi who have been busy doing all the hard work.
From where I am sitting, it is clear that the future of solar lighting in Africa is (pardon the pun), bright. More and more quality solar lights and chargers are reaching consumers across the continent every minute of every day. Each light has a positive impact and means people no longer have to wait years for an electricity grid which may never come, just to light up their home.
But don’t take my word it. SolarAid has just published a report which looks at the the impact owning a solar light has on an average family in Africa. You can download the Impact Report here and find our more at www.solar-aid.org/impact/
Here are a few highlights from the report which explain what owning a solar light can do:
Saves people money: Saving the average family $70 a year in reduced kerosene use; savings are commonly spent on food, school costs and farming inputs,
Improves health conditions: Seven in ten solar light users notice better health of their family members.
Improves education: Enabling and motivating children to study for an extra hour an evening; teachers notice improved attendance, concentration and performance,
Reduces CO₂ emissions: By up to 300kg a year per household thanks to reduced kerosene use.
So yes, it’s true, little solar lights do a great job of having a big and positive impact on the people they reach. What this space for more updates on our progress.