Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.
For children and young people in rural communities without access to electricity, studying is difficult for many reasons. Fernando, Julia, Pablo and Norma are four such children. They spend their mornings at school and their afternoons doing household chores. Once these are done, the sun has almost fully set, so they do their homework by candlelight. Studying by candlelight not only hurts their eyes, it limits their ability to finish their homework in time. However, as the children’s father Julio tells us, studying has become much easier since he signed-up for Kingo’s service. Now, Julio’s children study for longer and more easily. In addition, their school teacher believes that their performance has increased as a result of this change.
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.
An impact study based on information from 157 families in communities in Petén, Guatemala, revealed important details about the impact our service has on many homes. Kingo impact measurements focus on the following indicators: financial savings, education, health and security, connectivity, and happiness. Some important findings are the following: 92% confirm they have saved money each month; 81% of parents confirm that their child's grades have improved, and now study 350% more time; we have lowered the incidence of accidents or fires to 0%, while 56% confirmed that they had accidents before; and 96% confirm that their productivity has increased. Additionally, our services have offset over 2,100 metric tons of CO2, based on a 3 candle per day usage by our customers. Our vision is global and our future impact can be significantly greater as we expand into other countries and regions.
Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?
Our vision is global. In the short-term, we are focused on Latin America and the Caribbean, specifically, the countries of Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Haiti, home to about 2.2 million households without access to a reliable electricity network. Currently, Kingo provides service to more than 8,000 households, a total of 40,000 people. With 1,600 new home installations per month, and growing, Kingo is creating the capacity to reach 45,000 households by the end of 2016. Our goal by 2020 is to electrify 530,000 households, 16% of the total market in the region, in these four countries.