Reduced Inequalities

Connecting solar energy brings a new dawn to Uganda

Uganda


Bad energy

In Uganda, over 80% of the population do not have access to electricity, which has an enormous impact on the country. Reliance on dirty and expensive forms of energy such as kerosene not only presents huge safety risks, but has larger consequences for the country’s development.

In the dark

When darkness descends on Uganda, many businesses have to stop operating and children and students can no longer study. Everything literally grinds to a halt at night. These crippling limits on commerce and access to education greatly contribute to Uganda’s inability to break out of the long-term cycle of Poverty.

Seeing the light

MTN Uganda and Fenix International have come up with an ingenious solution. The ReadyPay Power System generates solar energy to power lights, radios, televisions and even charges mobile phones and can be paid off gradually using MTN’s mobile money service, which is accessible to 95% of Ugandans who lack energy access.

A brighter future

#CaseForChange catches up with a handful of the 1.5 million Ugandans who are already benefitting from ReadyPay solar to find out how it is transforming not just their lives, but the country as a whole.

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