When the sun goes down at 6pm in sub-Saharan Africa, 578 million people are living in darkness. They have no access to electricity. There is no switch on the wall to turn on the light. This is energy poverty.
Families have no choice but to rely on poor alternatives such as homemade torches, candles and kerosene lamps.
These dangerous devices are imperilling health, impairing education, wasting household income and emitting astonishingly high amounts of carbon into the atmosphere.
Worst of all, families have to risk their lives every single night with open flames. It doesn’t have to be like this.