Over half a billion (not million) people in Africa lack adequate access to light and energy. This is a major barrier from breaking free from poverty. Current alternatives like kerosene are not only deadly to its users (mostly women and children) but also to the environment.
SocialToxic fumes are a leading cause of death for women and children, leading to over 1.5 million deaths every year. When the sun sets, children are not able to study, restricting their opportunity at an education
EnvironmentalThe use of kerosene emits over 100 million tons of greenhouse gases every year while energy alternatives destroy the natural environment
EconomicFamilies waste approximately 100 USD every year on fuel, further marginalizing them into the cycle of extreme poverty. Lack of light restricts local entrepreneurs and restricts economic development
Why not Solar?
There has been an increase in the prevalence of renewable energy solutions to those at the Base of the Pyramid. Although partly successful, these efforts have been unable to scale to the point of making a sizeable impact.
Current solar solutions are too expense for the average consumer at the Base of the Pyramid.
Unfortunately, if you are making $1 - 2 per day, a $10 lamp is simply out of reach