Access to energy is vital to economic, social and human development. To be meaningful for households, productive enterprises and community facilities, the energy supply supporting that access must have a number of attributes: it must be adequate in quantity, available when needed, of good quality, reliable, convenient, affordable, legal, healthy, and safe.- Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) - Beyond Connections Report -
Access to productive energy changes lives. It can reduce human effort, enhance comfort and enable telecommunications, education and better heathcare, while also extending useful waking hours. It can reduce the time spent on the drudgery of fuel gathering, benefiting women and girls in particular, and curb the health-damaging impacts from smoky cookstoves.- Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) - Beyond Connections Report -
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), otherwise known as the Global Goals, are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. Launched in 2015, UN member states use these 17 universal goals to frame their agendas and political policies around international development. Sustainable Development Goal #7 is to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all. Energy underpins efforts to achieve the entire spectrum of development objectives — from reducing extreme poverty to enhancing food security, from powering essential health services to providing electricity for education. It is critical for improving the health and livelihoods of billions of people around the world, and it is interconnected with all of the other SDGs. By driving forward progress towards SDG7, we are supporting progress against all Global Goals!
The advantage is that I needed a lot of gas for the night or to use the freezer. Since Sigora I have used electricity and it is more beneficial for me because I spend less. When you do not have money you cannot buy gas. Now even with a dollar, you can buy electricity.
Now we have the power to do anything.
My mother used to make me study with (kerosene) lamps and it made my eyes water. I don’t let my kids study with the lamps because I know the pain. Now I can switch on my light early in the morning to help them study. Electricity means I can give my children opportunities I never had growing up.
Before everything stopped when the sun set. We used to sleep with one eye open. Now, the community is alive late into the night. Business is better, and because of the light, we are less likely to get robbed.