It means life stops when the sun goes down. It means shutting the doors of your business at nightfall and losing out on money to support your family. It means spending up to 15 percent of your limited income on kerosene that gives off fumes that are responsible for more deaths a year than malaria, tuberculosis and HIV combined. It means getting treated at a hospital unequipped to store medicine, power incubators or operate medical equipment. It means not getting the education you deserve because your school lacks proper lighting, air conditioning and computers. It means living without a sense of security and feeling disconnected from the rest of modern society.
For many of us, it’s hard to imagine a life without power when electricity is the undercurrent of nearly every aspect of our lives. Yet this is the reality for more than 1.2 billion people around the world who lack access to energy.