While social distancing and lockdown measures have become the new norm for many people around the world, over 600 million people in Africa do not have the luxury to afford to remain connected at home, work remotely, home school their children, entertain their families and charge their mobile phones so that they can stay in contact with their loved one during the lockdown. As the pandemic is spreading to rural communities in Africa; home of where millions of people are living in close proximity, with no access to electricity, clean water and cooling services, this sadly has been a devastating reality for many people on the continent for many years.
COVID-19 has sparked a global crisis, putting pressure on many countries’ economies and communities, with the highest effects felt by African countries. In April, the UN Economic Commission for Africa published a report on the COVID-19 in Africa Protecting Lives and Economies estimating that between 300,000 to 3.3 million African people might lose their lives due to the COVID-19 direct outcome. The report states that the African economies growth is expected to drop from 3.2% to 1.8%, causing a potential to push 5 million and 29 million people below the extreme poverty line of $1.90 per day. While this will be a double shock for the continent, before COVID-19, more than 413 million million people in the sub-Saharan Africa region were already struggling with acute food insecurity
However, the pandemic also shows that decentralised solutions are important for mitigating the spread of the (and any other) virus and that electricity is an essential service to not only mitigate, but also adapt to the crisis, e.g. through cooling medication in hospitals and households staying connected and informed. This is what motivates Africa GreenTec, we believe that we have revolutionised our business model at the right time to specifically target the ‘crisis within a crisis’ with our holistic approach of not only providing electricity, but an integrated smart technologies solutions of electricity, water, cooling, WiFi and women empowerment to increase the productivity, while targeting different value chains in the rural communities.
Following our long-standing work in rural Africa since 2015, we continue to provide our services to over 100,000 people in West Africa who are currently confined at their homes during this devastating period. In order to help our local customers, we have implemented mitigation measures through our local subsidiaries to ensure our local people are protected and their basic energy needs met.
1. Sensitisation and information of local teams and our customers: together with our local teams, we are planning to educate local people in rural communities on the negative consequences of the COVID-19 crisis and inform them about social distancing measures.
2. Distribution of masks for local teams and our customers: we want to provide masks to our employees and the customers we are in direct contact with.
We believe that the rural communities and the world will eventually emerge to beat the pandemic and its post-effects. However, to achieve this, more than ever significant investment is needed in the off-grid solar sector, and innovative business models that target rural communities holistically are needed to mitigate the ‘crisis within the crisis’.
Wir befähigen Menschen durch nachhaltige Energielösungen zu mehr Selbstbestimmung und Wachstum.
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