Social Impact

In a targeted customer survey, 95% of Solar Freedom Africa customers rated their solar light 4 or 5 out of 5, meaning they were “satisfied” or “very satisfied”.



With a Solar Light you save all the money you would spend on Kerosene, Paraffin, Candles. Per year this comes to $70 saved per family on just lighting.

You also save the time and money spent on mobile phone charging. The money you save in 10 weeks from not having to buy kerosene is enough for you to buy a Solar Light that can last 5 years



Solar Lights are bright and always available. The lights allow you to read without having to strain your eyes, cook and work after sunset. The lights are modern but easy to use and portable and extremely durable.



Solar Light users’ reach an average of one extra hour each night (5 extra hours per week). The children enjoy reading because a Solar Light is reliable, bright and motivational. The lights are safe for children to use by themselves.



On average 50% of families show signs of improvement in respiratory health after switching from kerosene and paraffin to solar lights.

With solar lights there are no more fumes irritating throat, no more smoke affecting your eyes and no more soot  inhaled into your chest or released into the environment



Solar Lights reduce risk of fires and burns from Kerosene. They are also better for the environment and reduce the amount of indoor pollution users experience in the home. A household can reduce CO₂ emissions by up to 200 kg per year.

Kerosene VS Solar

The Problem: Kerosene

Over 600 million people in Africa do not have access to electricity. For lighting, their only choice is to rely on toxic kerosene, paraffin or candles. The billions being spent on improvements to extend the electricity grid don’t make any difference to 91% of Africa’s rural population.


Around 15% of a family’s income is spent on lighting: kerosene, candles or batteries for torches


Using a kerosene lamp for a year is estimated to be similar to inhaling the black carbon from smoking 298 cigarettes. One lamp is estimated to emit a tonne of carbon over five years.


Candles, kerosene and paraffin don’t emit enough light to study, read or work without straining the eyes.

Prevents study

The smoke, smell, cost and dangers of fire make kerosene a problem for students who need to study at night.

The Solar Solution: Sunshine is Free

Saves Money

Families save $70 a year, on average, after they buy a solar light; around 10% of household income. The money saved is spent on better food, school fees and business development or farming inputs.

Improves Health

Solar lighting reduces the risk of fire, lung damage, eye strain and eliminates toxic, poisonous kerosene from the home.

More Study Time

SolarAid research shows that students study an hour more, per night, on average, and are more motivated to study without eye strain or smoke.

Cleaner Air

Reducing the use of the kerosene lamp reduces pollution in the home and saves up to an estimated 200kg of CO2 a year.

Improves Education

A bright, safe, portable solar light has a profound impact on a child’s education and well being. In the communities where Solar Freedom Africa conducts School promotions the lives of thousands of children are now brighter all thanks to a $10 solar light.


For about $10 a safe, clean solar light has a profound impact on both children’s education and on the well-being of the communities through the School Promotions.