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7 out of 10 people in sub-Saharan Africa don't have access to electricity.

But What Does Energy Poverty Really Mean?

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A baby girl is born in the dark.

No lights. No life-saving equipment.

No way to cool the hot room.

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A baby girl is born safely in a hospital with electricity.

And a working incubator.

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The girl loves school.

She studies every night.

Miles from homeunder a streetlightbecause there is no light at home.

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She studies every night.

In the safety of her well-lit home.

Education with power
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The girl cooks with her mom over an open flame.

The room fills withtoxic smoke.

Every single night.

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She cooks dinner.

On an electric stove.

No open fire.No toxic smoke.

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The girl is often sick.

No power means no working refrigerators for vaccines.

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No trips to the hospital

The girl thrives.

Vaccines with electricity
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The girl works in her family's shop.

She dreams of running the business

But the lights keep going out.

No power means no customers and little income.

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Electricity allows the girl’s family to keep their store open.

Their business growshelping to pull this girl and her family out of extreme poverty

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This girl represents half a billion in Africa. You have the power to change this.

Sign the Petition

Dear Congress,
Please help electrify Africa by supporting the bill that will provide 50 million people with access to electricity for the first time. This bill will transform people’s lives and keep us on track to end extreme poverty by 2030.