Initiatives in support of access to electricity are multiplying in response to Covid-19. Soleva, a social enterprise offering electrification solutions in West Africa, has decided to offer free electricity to its clients in Togo for one month. The company was joined by the British home solar kit supplier Bboxx. The latter plans to grant free credits of up to one month to its Togolese customers.
Soleva, a social enterprise offering electrification solutions in West Africa, and the British home solar kit supplier Bboxx are supporting the Togolese government in its fight against the coronavirus pandemic. Both companies have decided to provide their customers with free electricity.
As of this date, Togo is one of the countries least affected by the Covid-19 pandemic in Africa. According to the latest assessment of the Togolese authorities, seven deaths have been recorded out of 109 people who tested positive for Covid-19. These statistics could nevertheless quickly change if barrier measures are not respected in everyday life.
To make life easier for confined persons and the implementation of distancing gestures, Soleva, will provide its subscribers with one month of free electricity during the period from April 20 to May 20, 2020. This measure should reach the most vulnerable populations in these times of Covid-19 pandemic. Around 10,000 people are concerned by this offer.
In the case of Bboxx, the company plans to grant free credits to its customers for a period ranging from two weeks to one month. These various initiatives follow the decision of the Togolese Head of State, Faure Gnassingbé, to make electricity and water in Togo free of charge for three months for subscribers to the social tariff band. This government measure has been effective since April 1, 2020.