“Charity money only has one life but if you transform it into social business money, then it becomes a life of eternity.”
- Muhammad Yunus, 2006 Nobel Peace Prize Winner
Imagine for a moment that the light used in your home was a poison. One that could damage your lungs, irritate your eyes, even impact the health of your unborn child.
There are 1.3 billion people in the world living in energy poverty, that is, without access to electricity. The challenge in addressing this problem isn't one of technology, the real challenge is getting the technologies to the people who need them. Kukula Solar fills this gap. We train and empower local entrepreneurs (Solarpreneurs) to establish Village Solar Charging Stations that provide clean energy solutions to Zambia's rural and peri urban communities. Solarpreneurs go door-to-door in rural and slum communities, selling solar lights. We provide customers with a line of credit, to ensure these solar products are affordable to people who live on less than $2 a day.
People who live in energy poverty depend on kerosene lamps for lighting. In Zambia, 11.1 million people are not connected to the national electricity grid, while in Malawi 15 million have no access to electricity. Kerosene is toxic; it causes respiratory illnesses, creates a fire hazard in the home, is expensive and produces a very weak light that children can't study by. Kerosene also emits black carbon, which is 800 times more harmful to the environment that CO2. Such pollution is responsible for more deaths every year than tuberculosis, malaria and HIV combined.
Fortunately,there is a solution that promises to make a big impact on improving household air quality. Solar products such as lanterns and rooftop systems offer a pollution-free, cost-effective alternative for lighting homes through the night. They can replace dimmer, older, dirtier forms of lighting, such as kerosene, which expose users to severe health risks from smoke. By transitioning rural and peri urban communities from kerosene to solar, we remove a significant financial burden (customers save on average 5% of their annual income), and provide a healthier living environment with improved quality of life. Children can study, families are safer without the naked kerosene flame, and women are less at risk walking home at night. By employing Solarpreneurs to distribute our products, we empower local youths and provide them with better income opportunities.
We believe that every person should have access to electricity. Our mission is to make this a reality.
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