Energy poverty affects all areas of life; health, wellbeing and
The poor spend relatively 60-80 times more of their weekly budget on energy than those living in developed nations.
Collecting firewood for home cooking is a time consuming activity; where poor women in rural India spend on average one and a quarter hours a day, away from the village where they are more susceptible to violence. Globally, women are faced with similar challenges.
Health problems range from respiratory illness... to developmental complications in children to the risk of injury with open fires in the home. The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates 4.3 million people a year, mostly women and children, die prematurely due to household air pollution caused by inefficient use of solid fuels for cooking.
Clean energy has an immediate and positive impact
for those living off the electricity grid in rural villages... as well as the hinterland poor -
those living in and around big cities.
Solar cooking and lighting eliminate harmful smoke in the home. Solar powered agri-processing and irrigation support food production. Solar powered industrial and handicraft machines empower people to increase their income and work themselves out of poverty.
The time saved over hand processing food crops to make household meals and collecting firewood can be better spent earning extra income for the family. Women in Vanuatu can earn as much as USD$1 per hour making handicrafts for tourist markets.
The World Bank estimates that for every $1 spent addressing energy poverty, results in a $15 increase in GDP.