FinancialForce4Good supports SolarAid’s mission to tackle ‘one of the world’s toughest problems’
FinancialForce4Good is throwing full support behind UK charity SolarAid’s goal to tackle ‘one the world’s toughest problems’. SolarAid is determined to eradicate the toxic kerosene lamp, which is often used for lighting, and replace them with small solar lights. It is estimated that there are 598 million African people living without access to electricity and many rely on using kerosene lamps. SolarAid was recently elected to receive a £500,000 Global Impact Award from Google’s Global Impact Challenge and the award will help get 144,000 solar lights to rural Tanzanian families and at the same time, create jobs for over 400 solar entrepreneurs. SolarAid helps families in Africa’s remotest off-grid regions afford food, education and a brighter future by distributing small solar lamps that end dependency on costly, toxic kerosene. It tackles the issues of poverty, health, education, unemployment and global warming by creating sustainable markets for solar lights throughout rural Africa. SunnyMoney, set up by Solar Aid, is a not-for-profit trading arm that uses an innovative business model to distribute lights at scale on the ground through schools. Rather than giving aid, SunnyMoney sells lights in order to build viable sustainable markets in areas where little retail or transport infrastructure exists. All lights sold by SunnyMoney are Lighting Africa approved and combine photovoltaic, battery and LED technology. These solar lights have a life-span of at least 5 years and cost as little as £5. In the last month, Sunny Money celebrated the sale of their 500,000th solar light in Africa. SolarAid team plans to demonstrate the live FinancialForce accounting system in Nairobi, to the Operations Directors of the four countries they currently work in: Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia. The benefits for the organization include being able to share live financial data from all locations and because the system is set up, there is no further work needed for each new country to go live. The plan is to roll out the application to one country per month to support SolarAid in their mission to eradicate the kerosene lamp from Africa by 2020. “FinancialForce Accounting will allow SunnyMoney to strengthen its financial systems with a robust, easy-to-use and agile accounting package,” commented Gerrard Graf, SolarAid Financial Manager. We are truly delighted to support the work of one of our customers through FinancialForce4Good. For us, it’s all about giving back and helping the people who need it most.