Akadi: Clean Energy Enterprise Project

In the rural communities Deki supports, eight out of ten households live without access to power. This lack of access to clean, sustainable energy keeps people locked into poverty and affects all areas of their lives.

When the sun goes down in rural Togo, families struggle to continue to work or study. Homes are lit with dirty, dangerous and inefficient kerosene lamps and families cook with polluting traditional indoor stoves. These outdated energy sources are responsible for respiratory infections, childhood burns, house fires and deforestation, as well as being uneconomical both in time and household spending.

Women and girls are the most affected by the lack of clean and affordable energy as they are often responsible for fuel collection and cooking.

In Spring 2021, Deki and IADES will launch a new programme to respond to this challenge. Akadi, which means light and fire in Ewe, the local language.

Akadi is a clean energy social enterprise project which will tackle energy poverty, household air pollution and deforestation, all whilst providing new income-generating opportunities for women.

Clean energy products are often out of reach for the poorest, but through Akadi, families will be able to pay for solar lamps and clean cookstoves in small installments. With the savings made from lower fuel costs, they will be able to pay off the full cost of the products in only a few months. Local women will be trained to become Akadi Entrepreneurs and they will educate their local communities about the benefits of clean energy and be able to make a regular income from selling clean energy products.

Click on this link to find out more about our new project launching this spring, bringing light, heat and financial stability to Deki communities.

Help bring light to Deki communities in 2021, by supporting our clean energy enterprise project.

 

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