1.6 billion people, or 300 million households, have no access to electricity. They earn less than 2 dollars per day:
- 500 million live in India;
- 100 million live in Indonesia, and a similar number in Bangladesh;
- 70 million live in Nigeria; More than 220 million live in Sub-Saharan Africa.
These poor families spend more than 15 dollars per month on energy.
The BipBop programme: Business, Innovation & People at the Base of the Pyramid
Schneider Electric has developed a sustainable programme to bring safe, clean electricity to the people who need it most worldwide. With the strong willingness to involve local communities and local stakeholders in each country, the BipBop programme addresses three key issues to provide sustainable access to electricity:
- the lack of appropriate equipment through the development of an adequate offer;
- the lack of financial resources available for innovative energy entrepreneurs through funding;
- and the skills and expertise shortage through technical and business training.