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 work remotely, home school their children, support their families or even charge their mobile phones so that they can stay in contact with their loved ones during the lockdown. In the rural communities in Africa, 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 a long time.
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 effects of COVID-19 in Africa, estimating that between 300,000 to 3.3 million African people might lose their lives as a direct result of COVID-19. The report states that the African economies’ growth is expected to drop from 3.2% to 1.8%, which could potentially push up to 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 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 COVID-19 and other viruses 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. Our aim is to not only supply electricity but to offer an integrated smart solution relying on smart technologies like water purification, cooling and Wi-Fi as well as the empowerment of women. Our goal is to increase the local productivity, targeting several different value chains in the rural communities.
Based on our long-standing work in rural Africa since 2015, we are able to provide our services to over 100,000 people in West Africa who are currently confined in 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 are met.
We have put some mitigation measures in place and we are currently in preparation of executing these measures to respond with the following:
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