Over 30 million Ugandans are not connected to the electricity grid. Unsafe and inefficient lighting options are used – predominantly kerosene lamps and candles which are expensive, provide poor light, produce toxic fumes, and are a major cause of household fires. While high-quality solar lamps and home systems exist, market penetration of these products is extremely poor; estimated at just 5%. The average rural Ugandan is grossly under-served due to three barriers contributing to this problem: 1) The lack of affordable financing; 2)The profound lack of trust in solar products; and 3) The lack of rural access to quality solar products.
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