In parts of the world, including Sub-Saharan Africa, access to electricity is more of a luxury than a basic. For example, in Nigeria, 46% of the 200 million population lacks access to reliable electricity while in Côte d’Ivoire, 33% of the 28 million people don’t have access to the grid. Unfortunately, the lack of electricity can limit economic opportunities, slow down and even completely eliminate education, and affect health. With Lumos, households and small and medium businesses across Nigeria and Côte d’Ivoire are able to have access to reliable, clean and affordable power.
Increase Economic Development
By providing a reliable and affordable alternative to traditional fuel generators, Lumos pushes entrepreneurship and benefits SMEs. With Lumos, SMEs can extend their working hours, increase their revenues and lower their monthly expenses. Indeed, Lumos allows SME owners to pick their own hours rather than having to rely on daylight, giving them more flexibility and independence, and increasing their revenues. Additionally, by having to pay less for fuel, SME owners can spend less on expenses, helping them stay in control of their business.
With unreliable or even no access to the electricity grid at all, millions of children across Sub-Saharan Africa have to rely on fuel-powered generators to be able to continue studying at home. Having Lumos in their household means that children can further their education at their own pace as they no longer have to rush through their homework during daylight hours as there will also be light at night.
Traditional fuel-powered generators release dangerous fumes into the air that are very polluting, can irritate the eyes and throat, and get very hot. As a result, many households are left choosing to either have their fuel-powered appliances, putting their health at risk, or to be with no power. With Lumos, households and SMEs have access to clean power, improving their safety and allowing them to do the activities they want to do whenever suits them and comfortably.
By providing a reliable, affordable and clean solution to the lack of electricity in Nigeria and Côte d'Ivoire, Lumos has the power to unlock better living conditions for 100 million people. As such, by helping SMEs to increase economic development, households to better education, and improve health for both, Lumos can provide a brighter future for all. Furthermore, as Lumos is based solely on solar power, this makes a significant contribution to a more sustainable and equitable future.