Solar power for all in Afghanistan


May 8, 2019

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In Afghanistan, 70 percent of people do not have access to the electric grid. Most people and businesses rely on dirty and noisy diesel generators — and the costs are astronomical. After years of conflict, people in Afghanistan are working hard to recover and rebuild the economy.

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To help families and businesses access electricity — and to help foster long-term economic growth — Mercy Corps is bringing solar power to Afghanistan through a sustainable and thoughtful business model. Here’s how it works:

  • Mercy Corps pays for the upfront cost of the solar panel system
  • The business pays for the system in affordable instalments over time, in a lease-to-own arrangement
  • After a few years, the business owns the solar panels outright and has reliable, low-cost electricity.
  • As more small businesses and homes participate in this programme, Mercy Corps can reinvest the money from payments and expand the programme to include more households and businesses.