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Economic development

2,2

billion people live on less than $2 a day, which is the extreme poverty threshold

805

million people around the world suffer from hunger

140

million hours a day are spent collecting water by women and children

The challenges

Over 75% of those emerging from poverty do so through individual initiatives (17% of these initiatives are in the area of agriculture and 60% in other areas).
according to the “Moving out of poverty” report.

Access to modern energy services enables local income generation by promoting the emergence of new trades, improving productivity and freeing up time for economic activities.

The solutions

1Irrigate crops and control the water supply all year round

The construction of an irrigation network for market gardens increases the quantities produced and thus farmers’ incomes. It also enables the population to become self-sufficient.

2Electrify agro-pastoral farms

Electricity can power machines and refrigerators to store perishable meat products and fruit and facilitates their marketing.

3Supply power to food processing and craft machinery

Access to electricity will enable the use of machines for the processing of raw materials such as cassava or making soap and oil. These products can then be marketed and thus generate income. The introduction of electricity also opens the door to new activities and contributes to the strengthening or emergence of craft activities, creating jobs and local resources.

4Increase working hours

With the light provided by electricity, a shop can be open for about two hours more per day. Nighttime shops can also be developed, just like evening markets.

5Diversify economic activities

Access to electricity enables a population currently focused on agriculture to develop new activities, such as sewing workshops or small electricity companies.

6Free up time thanks to access to clean water

Access to water often requires long trips to the well and a robust manual pump. The electrification of wells or boreholes with solar energy reduces women’s labour and allows them to focus on other economic, educational or recreational activities. The installation of standpipes at several locations in the village provides convenient access to clean water.

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Madagascar
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Laos
Phongsaly: Electrification of isolated villages
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