That’s nearly 1 in 10 people worldwide or, twice the population of the United States. The majority live in isolated rural areas and spend hours every day walking to carry wood for their family for cooking and heating. Not only does walking for wood keep kids out of school or take up time that parents could be using to earn money, but the burning of wood often causes pollution that can make everyone sick. But access to electricity means education, income and health – especially for women and kids.
We’re passionate about solving the energy crisis in our lifetime, using 100% of all public donations to fund solar projects, and proving where every dollar goes with photos and GPS coordinates. Here’s the progress we’ve made since we started working in 2013.
Fossils from burning wood kills more people every year than all forms of violence, including war.
43% of those deaths are children under five years old. Access to electricity and energy can save around 16,000 lives every week.
In Africa alone, women spend 40 billion hours a year walking to fetch wood.
Access to electricity gives communities more time to grow food, earn an income, and go to school — all of which fight poverty.
Energy helps keep kids in school, especially girls.
Less time fetching wood means more time in class. Energy and electricity at home means teenage girls don’t have to stay home for a week out of every month.
Women are responsible for 72% of the wood collected for burning and heating in Sub-Saharan Africa.
When a community gets energy, women and girls get their lives back. They start businesses, improve their homes, and take charge of their own futures.
We work with local experts and community members to find the best sustainable solution in each place where we work, whether it’s a solar plant, energy monitoring audits, hardware and software or the provision of reliable energy at affordable costs. And with every energy point we fund, our partners coordinate solar plant maintenance training, and establish a local energy committee to help keep electricity running for years to come.