There is one element of poverty that affects rural women’s time, health, security, productivity, income generation, and the education and wellbeing of her children: energy. Energy poverty is the lack of access to modern energy services, a challenge that disproportionately affects women and children as they are predominantly responsible for household work.
On average, women spend more hours per day inside the home. This increases their risk of illness from toxic fumes and flames. Women’s risk of developing chronic illness is up to nine times that of men and their injury rate is three times higher. Further, women in these communities are predominantly employed in the "informal market" where they run small craft or food stalls. Access to energy allows them to extend their work hours and increase their income.
Women and girls are primarily responsible for the collection of fuel. The United Nation's found a direct correlation between time completing these tasks and reduced school attendance. Access to electricity correlates to higher proportions of girls entering secondary education, which has a snowball effect on her future.
Having one of Elephant Energy's solar lights in their home results in:
DECREASED RISK OF INJURY OR ILLNESS FOR WOMEN AND CHILDREN
INCREASED INCOME FOR WOMEN-OWNED BUSINESSES
HIGHER LEVELS OF EDUCATION FOR GIRLS
Elephant Energy supports the advancement and success of women in sub-Saharan Africa.
75% OF ELEPHANT ENERGY CUSTOMERS ARE WOMEN
80% OF ELEPHANT ENERGY SALES AGENTS ARE WOMEN
85% OF THESE SALES AGENTS ARE SINGLE MOTHERS