The Problem

598 million people in Africa alone have no access to electricity. Without electricity families have no clean source of light, leaving millions to rely on expensive and dangerous alternatives. Many use homemade kerosene lamps which are a poor source of light; they emit toxic black smoke, eat up to 15% of a family’s income and are extremely hazardous.



The Solution

With a solar light, everything changes. These little lamps are safe, clean and affordable. They give off hours of light in the evening so families can earn, learn and feel safe after dark. Just one lamp can transform the fortunes of an entire family and is the first step on an energy ladder to full electrification. They are not the answer to all of life’s energy problems, but they are available right now, and will ensure the very poorest can begin to develop and prosper without having to wait for a grid system that may never come.






#Share Your Sun



Through our Share Your Sun partnership with SolarAid, we’re committed to distributing one
solar light for every pair of sunglasses sold. For each lamp this equates to:



Our impact so far

The impact of solar light in rural communities is huge and can transform lives. Alongside our partners at SolarAid, you've helped get these solar lights to where they are needed most. 



Families tell us that solar lights are predominantly used by children to do their homework after dark. With access to this bright, safe, clean and free light, children are doing an extra hour of homework each day.
When children do well at school, they are likely to stay there longer and gain a higher level of education benefiting themselves, their families and their communities.


Candles, kerosene and poor quality batteries are expensive. Families have to buy these alternatives to electricity because they have no choice. Solar lights lower the affordability barrier for even the poorest families to bring light to every home.





Each solar results in the elimination of the regular use of one kerosene lamp and this means there is less indoor air pollution and a reduction in coughing, chest problems, eye irritation, and other illness. During the COVID19 outbreak, solar lights have provided a lifeline to many clinics and health workers.




For the 600 million living without electricity in sub-Saharan Africa, there is little choice in using fossil fuels to create light. Every time a family transitions to solar use this has a big impact on CO2 emissions.

 

 






Jeremy Leggett – Founder of SolarAid

“At SolarAid, we see first hand the incredible power of a single solar light to transform lives among some of the poorest families in the world – money saved, food added to the table, seeds for the fields, on and on. People wearing Bird’s amazing sunglasses will now know that they are adding fuel to this transformation in a big way: keeping sunlight out of their eyes while adding it to the African night, via our award-winning light”