Client Case Studies

Solar Aid

To provide on-going outsourced HR support at strategic and operational level.

The Client

SolarAid is an international development charity which is working to create a sustainable market for solar lights in Africa. In line with the United Nation’s sustainable development goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all”.

Its mission is to light up every home, school, and clinic in Africa by 2030, using safe, clean, solar power. In late 2021 it launched a £25 million fundraising campaign ‘End the Darkness’,.

The Challenge

To source the people to help achieve the funding ambition, develop a consistent way of working across different locations, namely United Kingdom, Zambia and Malawi and to help HR processes that are easy to use and support the organization to focus on its mission.

They have no internal HR support and recognized that they need on-going HR advice and support to help manage the transition, to put excellent people management practice in place and train the managers to recruit and retain great staff.

The Solution

Hafton Consultancy is providing this support on a monthly retained basis (normally around two to three days) to provide the strategy HR level advice. This has included training staff in good recruitment & interviewing practice, and how to write a clear job description, as well as resolve pay structure and progression across its whole operation.

The Outcome

An effective on-going provision of support linked to other internal projects as it delivers it ambitious funding ambition.

As the Director of Finance & Resources with responsibility for human resources, I have found the Hafton team to be approachable, very capable of identifying and solving HR problems across the group, able to access local HR expertise in country when needed, and crucially to provide me with the confidence, and professional oversight that I need to make good HR decisions.  The added bonus is having Kate, who provides excellent HR admin support from managing our recruitment inbox, arranging interviews through to managing our HR database.  For a small, yet complex international organisation such as SolarAid, Hafton provides the ideal HR solution. I recommend their service.


Stuart Ryland
Director of Finance and Resources
Solar Aid

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