1. Have you noticed what happen’s when people say “SunnyMoney” for the first time? Try out the SunnyMoney test on people you meet and you will see it has interesting effect. :)

     
  2. Dec 16th, 2012     SunnyMoneySolarSmileSunSunshineSolarAid
  3. 15% - what’s in a number part 1?

    The other week in the UK, headline news was the rising cost of commuter fares into London. The statistic that hit me wasn’t the increase - it was the average amount someone spends on travel getting into London which can be upto 15% of their income.

    That number - 15% stood out. Because that’s the proportion a person in Kenya with no access to grid electricity spends on buying kerosene for lighting.

    Now I commute to London from a town called Reading. If I had that travel cost taken away it would be Christmas come early, birthday and bonus all into one (not that I get a bonus or want one!). It’s the first time I personally began to see how huge 15% really is. 

    And that’s not even in the context of kerosene and the impact it would have on the lives of people. So what does ‘15%’ mean for someone in Kenya that uses kerosene every day for lighting?

    If they could remove the burden of buying kerosene it would be transformational. Their disposable income will increase by 15%. They could use that extra income to buy what they liked : a better diet, medicines, towards their children’s education, maybe to start a small enterprise. 

    And the answer to no more kerosene? A solar light of course.

    It doesn’t stop there with a cleaner better a safe light comes more time. Time children can invest in studying, time a family can use to run an enterprise, or time simply to socialise. It’s the one commodity we can’t get enough of. 

    That’s the power of the sun and a simple solar light. 

     
  4. Sep 14th, 2012     SolarAidkerosene
  5. How many lights?

    I’m really excited. We’ve created a new sort of currency at SolarAid.

    1 SL = £ 6 or $9

    An ‘SL’ is a solar light of course. 

    SolarAid is on a mission to sell 300,000 solar lights by the end of March to people in Africa who use kerosene for light. 

    Every time we sell a solar light we worked out it currently costs SolarAid £6.

    The £6 pays for the cost of promoting solar lights through our SunnyMoney teams in remote rural communities. It’s the cost of offering families choice of quality solar lights that meet their needs. Choice. Isn’t that a great word? That’s the power when people become ‘customers’ not recipients of aid. 

    So you could say £6 cost of getting a solar light into the hands of someone prepared to buy it. In effect you’re sharing the cost of a solar light.

    So we have 300,000 solar lights to share the cost with. And the great thing is the more we sell the more that cost will fall. Then we won’t need charity (not that charity is a bad thing - it’s just its good to know we have an end plan).

    "How many lights would you like to fund?’ feels so much more powerful than asking "How much would you like to give?". And when individuals do that remarkable and magical act of donating we can truly say your £60 gift has funded 10 solar lights.

    So we are going to launch a campaign to ask the world to share the cost of a solar light.

    This is why I am so excited. 

    I’m up for sharing the cost of 30 over the year. That’s just £15 a month.

    299,970 to go.

    How many will you fund?

     
  6. Aug 12th, 2012     solarsolaraid
  7. The shoe shiner

    This wonderful story recently came from our team in Tanzania.


    A shoe shiner was told by his son about good news given from school. This was the conversation

    Son: Dad I need 10.000/- for solar light special for students for studying at night

    Dad: Don’t tell me about that, those are liars and the lights must be short lasting

    Son: No dad, they last for long and they can help you and me study with safe light, you will not buy kerosene anymore. Even my teacher gave money to his son to buy two of them

    Dad was tough to give the money and told the kid not to be easily lied to. The son left sadly.

    Two days later, Waziri (from our solar campaign team) went to brush his shoes. Their conversation went like this:

    Shoe shiner: Are you residing here or you are a newcomer

    Waziri: No am a new comer here doing a special subsidized solar program for students. Enable them study with safe light, and use environmental friendly light.

    Shoeshiner: Are you going to meet students in school, how much are they sold?

    Waziri: Sold for 10.000/- only for students, they are so good, students like them a lot and they last for long. Once your kid has no more kerosene, no more inhaling bad smoke while studying. The offer is only once.

    Shoe shiner while shocked: My son came to me and explained (refer the above story)Have you gone to my school already, I would missed that chance how can I get that, I need 2 of them

    A week later when shoe shiner met Waziri he was so happy and thanking him a lot. The neighborhood bought same solar lights means he could be the only one without solar. He said he was not buying kerosene anymore and the light was so efficient for his home. Above all no more expenses than just charging the light in the sun.

     
  8. Jul 6th, 2012    
  9. We’ve come up with a face painting campaign for SunnyMoney. Perhaps we can use this as part of a football tournament ?

    We’ve come up with a face painting campaign for SunnyMoney. Perhaps we can use this as part of a football tournament ?

     
  10. Jun 8th, 2012    
  11. It’s Friday wine time at SolarAid and Charlie has chosen a sun drenched red called Barefoot who also happen to make great solar lights (both products come from the sun). We will toast Barefoot Powers recent Ashden award.

    It’s Friday wine time at SolarAid and Charlie has chosen a sun drenched red called Barefoot who also happen to make great solar lights (both products come from the sun). We will toast Barefoot Powers recent Ashden award.

     
  12. Jun 8th, 2012    
  13. The tooth fairy and SolarAid. This is the message my daughter, aged 7, left for the tooth fairy last night. It reads:

Are you real tooth fairy? Tick Yes if you are real or No if you are not real. 
p.s. please tell me.
Yes   No

It then goes on to say:

Please could you give me £1 for my saving money collection which is going to SolarAid. Please help me!

    The tooth fairy and SolarAid. This is the message my daughter, aged 7, left for the tooth fairy last night. It reads:

    Are you real tooth fairy? Tick Yes if you are real or No if you are not real.

    p.s. please tell me.

    Yes   No

    It then goes on to say:

    Please could you give me £1 for my saving money collection which is going to SolarAid. Please help me!

     
  14. Apr 4th, 2012     SolarAidTooth fairyfundraising
  15. The race is on

    Sean Conway is back in the race with a new bike donated through some extraordinary genorosity.

     
  16. Mar 27th, 2012    
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    Feeling battered and bruised but positive about the road ahead
    — Sean Conway, having been hit by a truck on his world record attempt, and hearing he can continue his bid to be the fastest person to cycle the earth
     
  18. Mar 27th, 2012     Sean ConwayWorld RecordCyclingSolar
  19. What happens when an unstoppable force (Sean) meets an impassible barrier (a truck). Thankfully Sean is in one piece.

    What happens when an unstoppable force (Sean) meets an impassible barrier (a truck). Thankfully Sean is in one piece.

     
  20. Mar 27th, 2012