Unleashing the transformative power of clean energy

Almost one billion people don’t have access to the electricity that has the power to transform all aspects of life

The challenge

Electricity can improve health, education and opportunities to earn a better living. However, most of the people who live in poor remote communities have little hope of gaining access to electricity that could power their progress.

Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world, with most of its population living in rural communities that are not connected to grid electricity.  The demand for electricity is huge. Communities need it to power their businesses, schools and hospitals. Parents need it for earning an income, as well as cooking and refrigerating food. And, as daylight fades, children need it for safety and study.

Many families are forced to rely on charcoal or firewood to light and heat their homes and to cook food.

Families spend a huge proportion of their income and countless hours gathering these fuels – time and money they could otherwise spent on education, healthcare and earning an income.

The ingenious solution

We know access to clean and affordable energy has the power to transform all aspects of life.

That’s why we work in the most remote communities, helping people shift their lives from disadvantage to opportunity.

A unique combination of renewable hydro-electric power, skills training and knowledge sharing is already transforming lives in Malawi.

Our work with local partners in Mulange has brought clean, renewable energy to nearly 30,000 people. Six schools, three business centres and a health clinic now have electricity.

For families in rural villages this means more business opportunities and better health and education services. It’s transforming all aspects of their lives and helping them thrive in one of the poorest countries in the world.

“Now, with the coming of electricity, I just have to buy the electricity tokens to put in the meter. It is far cheaper and it saves me time. My business is four times more profitable now.”

Oliva Fraction, maize mill owner, Ngundi, a rural village near Mulanje (pictured above)

The Transformative Power of Energy

Can you imagine how great it would feel to gain access to affordable electricity for the first time – and how many aspects of your life it would transform?

Let us show you, using examples from our work with communities in Peru.

Watch this short, inspiring video to hear from the people themselves – and see how their lives have shifted from disadvantage to opportunity.

You have the power to help people change their world

A gift from you could help people put ingenious ideas to work to tackle some of the world’s toughest challenges

  • Like the lack of access to the energy that could transform lives in places like Usingini, Malawi

  • Or the devastating effects of climate change that are threatening lives and livelihoods all around the world

  • Or the grinding squalor of city slums where people don’t have access to adequate water and waste services

We have pioneered solutions to many of these issues – we just need your help to take them to more people.