UK-based Solar Aid international charity, SunnyMoney social enterprise has today announced sales of over one million solar lights to families living without electricity in rural Africa; bringing clean, safe affordable lighting to over 6.4 million people.
The mission is to eradicate the kerosene lamp from Africa by 2020 as it sets the foundations for an emerging solar market that will provide access to life-changing renewable energy technology for millions more to come.
sunnyMoney Global Marketing Director Cindy Kerr said the demand for affordable, accessible and trusted energy solutions for 110 million households in Africa currently living without electricity. “Families and communities off the grid ‘burn up’ to 25 percent of their monthly earnings. Once a solar light is purchased, stopping kerosene saves up to ksh900 monthy, improves children’s study time from one to three hours, and makes the home a safer and healthier environment with four hours of bright light a night,” she said.
The social enterprise already growing in Kenya, Malawi, Zambia and Tanzania it has worked closely with teachers who act as solar advocates to raise awareness, instill trust and create channels for solar lights to be purchased in rural villages. Local agents are then trained to stock and sell our range of home, small business lights and mobile phones chargers.
SunnyMoney plans to expand to Uganda and Senegal as for 2014, through over 1000 independent agents who make money selling a range of solar lights and products