Why Our Work Matters

The Need

Over 600 million people in sub Saharan Africa live without electricity and over 700 million depend on harmful fuels such as firewood and charcoal for cooking. Globally, smoke from cookstoves causes 2.6 million premature deaths[1] and a host of harmful health conditions, including respiratory and vision problems. Lack of access to power locks people into poverty and affects all areas of life. Energy poverty has a multitude of direct and indirect negative consequences on the health, education and incomes of women in particular and of off-grid communities in general.

% people in sub Saharan Africa who cook with harmful, costly solid fuels
% people in rural sub Saharan Africa who have no access to clean power

Imagine you are one of over 300 million African women who wake up and go to bed without reliable power....