1.4 Billion Reasons
Globally, more than 1.4 billion people still have no access to electricity. Most of the people affected live in rural areas in the poorest parts of the world:
Africa south of Sahara, Bolivia, the Indian subcontinent, Afghanistan, Cambodia, Nepal, Philippines, Mongolia...
According to a report issued by the International Energy Agency (IEA), over the last 20 years 1.7 billion people have been connected to the electricity network globally. However, over the same period, the population of the world has increased by 1.6 billion. The percentage of people without access to an electricity supply has therefore remained almost identical.
In many developing countries, the rate of electrification in rural areas is still often less than 10-20%. Current figures also reveal the unequal distribution between urban and rural regions. Due to missing engineering knowledge and a lack of financial resources many rural electrification projects in developing countries - like new power supply lines or power plants - are not economically viable to the operator. Hence, rural infrastructure projects are often delayed or not even considered by the power supply companies. Many people are left in the dark without having the financial means to solve this issue by their own.
Many of the people concerned live below the poverty level defined by the World Bank and struggle every day for survival. With a daily income of less than 1.75 EURO (i.e. 1.9 USD) electricity remains anunaffordable luxury good for them.
Electricity is an important prerequisite for the societal, social and economic development of a country and its population. There is a measurable connection between energy consumption and life expectancy, educational level and economic development.
This is where our NGO comes into play and provides a small scale solution through the use of solar energy. The advantages of this technology for rural areas without access to electricity are tremendous. The small solar systems are extremely low priced, resilient and virtually maintenance-free. They do not require any kind of pre-existing infrastructure and can be easily operated by everyone.
We help poor people in rural areas around the world through a sustainable, safe and environmentally friendly energy supply.
Even though the number of people in need of help is immense, each of our projects clearly shows the huge impact a single solar system can make in the life of an affected family. Thus, providing small scaled help - one solar system at a time - does indeed make a difference. In many cases the people we helped are moved to tears when they switch on the lights for the very first time.
The effect on their daily life is impressive: clean LED light instead of harmful petroleum lamps, a strongly increased temporal flexibility after sunset and important cost savings through the replacement ofexpensive fuel or candles.
The safe, long-term and environmentally friendly provision of energy is of huge benefit to people at local level and it makes their lives easier.
Solar energy can improve lives.