SolarAid has raised £50k through its latest innovation, Project Switch, to help generate light at Mandevu village in Malawi.
The move will help the people of Mandevu who have been living in darkness get access to light to effectively run their businesses when sunrises.
According to John Keane, SolarAid CEO, “This solution will be life changing. It will light up homes, enabling children to play and study safely.
“No more burns, or even worse, accidents from using candles. No one in the village will need to buy candles or paraffin anymore, helping them save money and escape from poverty.”
He mentioned that, the idea of Project Switch was born out of their frustration of not being able to reach the poorest people quickly enough ,leading millions to remain in the dark.
“Once we can show the new model can work, we believe it can be replicated across Malawi and elsewhere in Africa,” he added.
Founded in 2006, SolarAid is an international charity set to combat poverty and climate change.
It provides access to solar lights in Uganda, Malawi and Zambia to help catalyse solar markets and eradicate the kerosene lamp.
It’s Project Switch will enable the villagers charge their batteries as often as they like and give them access to clean and safe power and lighting in their homes.
The users will agree on an affordable fee for their own household to rent a solar charged battery which is way cheaper than candles or batteries.
Users simply connect the solar charged battery to their houses and can go recharge them at a solar powered charging station Solar Aid will install in the village.