Baobab+ is receiving support from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) for the development of its activities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The U.S. financial institution is providing a $1.5 million grant to be used for the electrification of households via solar home systems. This is a boost for the French company that launched on the DRC market of solar home systems in 2021.
And in this vast Central African country, the challenge of electrification is great. With a population estimated at 107 million by the World Bank, the DRC has an electricity access rate of only 9% according to Power Africa, one of the lowest on the African continent. And in rural areas, 95% of people still do not have access to electricity. Among the solutions favored in this context of energy poverty are off-grid solar systems, particularly solar home systems.