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Initiative

Solar Lights

THE CHALLENGE

Roughly 1.2 billion people worldwide have no access to electricity, and households in poverty spend an average of 9% of household income on energy, including dangerous alternatives such as kerosene lamps, candles, and batteries.

THE OPPORTUNITY

Global Partnerships (GP) aims to improve the economic position and quality of life of off-grid households by investing in manufacturers and distributors that provide access to quality, low cost solar lights and home systems.

WHO IS SERVED?

The target demographic is beyond the grid populations, living on less than $3.20 PPP/person/day.

WHAT IS DELIVERED?

Clients must receive at least one of the following:

  • Solar lights;
  • Solar lights with mobile phone charging;
  • Small solar home systems.

WHY IS IT IMPACTFUL?

Household economics and quality of life improve as clients see:

  • Reductions in fuel and phone charging costs;
  • Increased productivity;
  • Decreased smoke from kerosene;
  • Increased study time for children.

By the Numbers

Current Portfolio as of December 31, 2018

$8.62MM Capital Deployed
3 Partners

Cumulative Portfolio

6,150,393 Lives Impacted

Initiative active since 2013