What’s the problem?
In the world today, there are nearly 4 billion people without reliable access to electricity. This includes 2 billion who live without any access at all.
This population is forced to use ad-hoc lighting and heating solutions that are deadly health risks, hurt the environment, and cost anywhere from 5-100 times more than modern fuels. The poor are spending a disproportionate share of their income on energy when compared to the developed world. This is making the climb out of poverty even harder.
2 Billion People
There are 2 billion people who today are living with no access to any electricity at all. These people are forced to use alternative fuels to light their homes and heat their meals.
The most used alternative for lighting a home is kerosene lamps. The kerosene needed to light a home costs most families 10%-40% of their income.
These lamps emit hazardous CO2 fumes which fill the lungs of the residence particularly the children as the sit close to the lamps to read. Inhaling kerosene fumes is the equivalent of smoking two packs of cigarettes a day.
Death of 1.5 million
Respiratory diseases caused by toxic smoke from cooking fires kill 1.5 million women and children each year.
Rural community medical clinics are in desperate need of lighting and refrigeration for blood storage.
For example, maternal mortality worldwide accounts for more than half a million deaths a year; 99 percent of these occur in underdeveloped countries.
The delivery of reliable electricity options for these clinics could greatly reduce these staggering statistics.