Only 4% of the rural population in Malawi is connected to electricity.
This means that when the sun sets, the majority of the population in rural Malawi are living in total darkness. This is energy poverty.
Without access to electricity, families are forced to turn to dangerous alternatives such as homemade torches, candles and kerosene lamps. These options aren’t only expensive, but they are also imperilling health, impairing education, and emitting astonishingly high amounts of carbon into the atmosphere.
Our innovation, Light a Village, is working to change this, one village at a time. By providing each household with solar lighting, we are combatting energy poverty with clean, safe, and affordable light.
Light a Village is a pilot programme which aims to light up 500 homes, a whole village, in Ntchisi, Malawi. In order to achieve this, every home will receive a solar home system for free and pay for their energy usage on a pay as you go basis.
Having access to clean, safe, and affordable solar light in the evening will drastically improve the wellbeing of the community. Not only will the homes in Ntchisi have light, but children will be able to study more, household health will improve, families will save money and CO2 emissions will be averted from the atmosphere helping to mitigate climate change.
A solar light truly changes everything.