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Not only does Sub-Saharan Africa have the highest number of people who live below the poverty line, the region has the lowest rate of modern energy access at 32%. The provision of modern energy access in rural un-electrified areas has the potential to contribute to alleviation of poverty. The main objective of this study has therefore been to investigate the impact of Solar Home Systems (SHSs) in poverty alleviation in Uganda. The paper focuses on the impact on four socio-economic categories namely: financial, education, health and gender equity. Our study was carried out in Kebisoni, Uganda.…mehr

Produktbeschreibung
Not only does Sub-Saharan Africa have the highest number of people who live below the poverty line, the region has the lowest rate of modern energy access at 32%. The provision of modern energy access in rural un-electrified areas has the potential to contribute to alleviation of poverty. The main objective of this study has therefore been to investigate the impact of Solar Home Systems (SHSs) in poverty alleviation in Uganda. The paper focuses on the impact on four socio-economic categories namely: financial, education, health and gender equity. Our study was carried out in Kebisoni, Uganda. The main finding from our study is that access to solar power does indeed alleviate poverty. The data indicated an increase in households' disposable income due to the use of solar energy for lighting. Savings were generated from a reduced expenditure on alternative lighting fuels such as kerosene. Some households used these savings to meet medical related expenses. Furthermore, our results revealed that there was an improvement in indoor air quality. Lastly, the study also revealed that access to lighting from SHSs enabled women to supplement household income by engaging in businesses.
Autorenporträt
Julian hat ihren Master-Abschluss in nachhaltiger Energie und Entwicklung an der Universität Kapstadt gemacht und verfügt über einen Hintergrund in Immobilienentwicklung, den sie an der Makerere-Universität erworben hat. Ihr Interesse an Fragen der nachhaltigen Energienutzung hat sie dazu bewogen, eine Karriere im Energiebereich anzustreben. Ihr Traum ist es, eines Tages Energieberaterin zu werden.