people in sub-Saharan Africa - two-thirds of the population - still lack access to electricity.
cook with traditional biomass: wood, charcoal, dung and agricultural residues. With population growth, this number is expected to rise to 880 million by 2020, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).
the total power capacity installed in Africa as of 2013 – about the same as in Belgium, or what China installs every year or two, according to the African Development Bank (AfDB).
of the population of sub-Saharan Africa will lack electricity in 2030 according to the AfDB even though massive electrification efforts are under way.
hours per day - average time Women and girls spend to collect firewood.
hours per day - average time spent in cooking.
per year that sub-Saharan African economies potentially lose because of time women spend in the above two tasks per World Bank estimates.
combined loss if health, environmental and other economic impacts, are taken into account. This is the cost sub-Saharan Africa, especially its women, pay for lack of access to electricity.