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    Unless investors see light on solar, women will still give birth in the dark

    A US and Tanzania-based solar finance company is aiming to lower investment risks and bring energy to some of the 1.2 billion people still off-grid

    High in the Usambara Mountains of northern Tanzania, a woman prepares to give birth in the pitch black. Her family clusters around her. With no electricity at the birthing clinic, someone shines a mobile phone above the midwife’s head.

    The baby is the last to be born in near darkness at the Zahanati ya Tema clinic. The next day, a local solar company brings access to clean electricity in the form of a solar home system. The initiative was made possible by solar finance business, SunFunder, which aims to bridge the funding gap between investors and up and coming solar businesses in east Africa.

    Related: What is holding back the growth of solar power?

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    from Sustainable development | The Guardian
    via https://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2016/jun/16/investors-solar-poor-dark-finance

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