Clean Energy for a Better Future of Zambian Families

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Clean Energy for a Better Future of Zambian Families

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Have you ever experienced the inconvenience of a sudden power outage in the middle of the night? All electronic devices stop working, and it becomes difficult to see. If electricity were to disappear for even a day, our lives would come to a standstill. However, did you know there are some places where 6 out of 10 people live without electricity still now? 

The place is sub-Saharan Africa. According to a World Bank report in 2017, about 690 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa live without electricity, with the majority residing in rural areas. The electricity shortage in African rural areas is not only inconvenient, but also a serious problem that threatens lives.

Every year in Africa, 490,000 people die prematurely due to a lack of electricity. The reason is that fossil fuels such as firewood, coal, and kerosene are still widely used in Africa. In Zambia alone, over 13 million people still live in energy poverty. Most of them still cook with firewood and use kerosene for lighting, which pollutes indoor air and causes premature deaths from respiratory diseases. Harmful smoke is fatal for women and children who spend most of their time indoors, making it urgent to deliver clean energy to rural households in Zambia.

Francis, a young Zambian, grew up in a small village called Sitambuli Village in eastern Zambia. The town had no electricity and used kerosene lamps for lighting. However, the lantern was too dim to read, and the harmful fumes made Francis cough incessantly, leading him to visit the hospital every week. Having suffered from the never-ending cough, Francis wished that no more children were struggling to study under kerosene lanterns in the village. That's how Francis decided to find a solution to the problem of electricity shortage in rural Africa.

In 2015, Francis raised $500 with the help of his friends both inside and outside of Zambia and installed solar lanterns in the village. When he brought the solar lantern to the town, so many people wanted them. The lanterns were sold out in just one day, and inquiries from villagers about the lantern poured in. Witnessing the potential of clean energy with his own eyes, Francis set a goal to promote clean energy throughout Zambia.
To achieve this, in 2017, Francis submitted a business proposal to the U.S. Embassy in Zambia and was selected for the 'Mandela Washington Fellowship' for Young African Leaders, receiving funding. And so began the journey of Kukula Solar, an independent project to promote clean energy in Zambia.

Kukula Solar delivers clean energy products such as solar lamps and eco-friendly cook stoves to Zambian households. The solar lantern allows children can now study safely at night, even after the sun goes down. Futhremore, Kukula Solar's eco-friendly cook stoves, which use specialized materials, have high thermal efficiency. It allows for cooking with minimal firewood, reducing smoke and protecting the health of women and children. Moreover, low-income households can save over $100 annually on purchase of kerosene and firewood used for lighting and cooking. They can use that money to improve their quality of life through education, food, clothing, housing, and other means.

Moving forward, Kukula Solar plans to provide clean energy products to one million houses through impact donations, replacing harmful energy sources such as kerosene, diesel, and firewood with solar lamps, solar generators, and eco-friendly cookstoves with Kukula Solar's clean energy products. Impoverished women and children can protect their health and live better lives with Kukula Solar’s clean energy products.

Kukula Solar CEO

"I hope to see more impoverished families living safely and healthily through Kukula Solar's activities and rural children studying at night and competing equally with their urban peers in school."

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