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Initiative

Solar Lights

THE CHALLENGE

Roughly 1.2 billion people worldwide have no access to electricity and spend an estimated $27 billion annually on 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, many of whom live on less than $3.10/day.

WHAT IS DELIVERED?

  • 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 their children

HOW IS IT SUSTAINED?

The client pays for the product upfront or through a pay-as-you-go model. Once paid off, the solar light products create savings compared to ongoing spending on kerosene or candles.

By the Numbers

Current Portfolio as of March 31, 2018

$6,198,159 Capital Deployed
4 Partners

Cumulative Portfolio

3,602,671 Lives Impacted

Initiative active since 2013