A charity which promotes solar powered lights in Africa has won a £500,000 grant from Google to spread its lights to 144,000 rural Tanzanian families.
SolarAid won one of four Google Global Impact Awards awarded to British non-profits which are using technology to tackle the world’s toughest problems.
The non-profit group’s solar lamps can be bought by schoolchildren through their schools to use when doing their homework (pictured, outside a school in Kenya).
Steve Andrews, SolarAid’s chief executive said: “Giving people access to simple solar technology impacts poverty and changes lives forever. The Global Impact Award will not only help us get 144,000 solar lights into Tanzania but create a sustainable model for solar distribution, market and job creation we can replicate across the continent. The impact of the technology and the effect of the award will be astounding.”