SolarAid combats poverty and climate change by distributing solar lights. 598 million people in Africa have no access to electricity, leaving millions to rely on expensive and dangerous kerosene lamps. Kerosene lamps emit toxic black smoke, eat up to 15% of a family’s income and are extremely hazardous. Children can’t study at night, the day ends prematurely and indoor air pollution presents a serious health hazard.
Alternatively, solar lights save money, improve health, make homes safer and help children study at night. Each solar light shining also means one less kerosene lamp, saving around 200kg of carbon dioxide per year.