Electricity is an essential part of life. For most of us, enjoying the benefits of electricity is a huge part of our everyday lives. But, there are still many people on our planet (more than 1.2 billion) who do not have access to electricity at all- studies have shown this is one of the biggest barriers to overcoming poverty.
Most families who live without electricity in their home use kerosene or other chemicals to cook and light their homes instead – which is dangerous, toxic and expensive.
Kerosene is highly flammable. According to the World Health Organization there are an estimated 265,000 deaths every year caused by burns – the vast majority occurring in low, and middle-income countries.
The World Health Organization has determined that individuals breathing kerosene fumes and soot inhale the equivalent of smoking two packs of cigarettes a day. This can cause asthma, bronchitis, tuberculosis, heart disease and lung cancer. Every year there are 4.3 million premature deaths attributable to indoor air pollution- that is 1 life lost every 7.5 seconds.
Not to mention, most families in these underdeveloped communities have to choose between using their precious kerosene supply to cook or to allow their kids to study at night.
Solar powered LED lights and batteries are the answer. But for most families the installation cost is too great.
That’s where Share.Energy comes in.
Share.Energy partners with individuals and villages, giving them small loans that give them the access to solar energy and the jumpstart they need to bring light to their communities.
Renew has partnered with Share.Energy in efforts to help rid the world of energy poverty. Each time Renew helps someone transition to solar, we donate a portion of our proceeds to Share.Energy. Share.Energy uses Renew’s donation to provide renewable energy microloans for families living without electricity that are paid back in small monthly increments. Once the loan is paid back, a new loan is given.