Solar Energy Micro-Businesses Save Lives in Yemen

TACOMA, Washington-In Yemen, violence, and food shortages continue to be common. Yemen has been witnessing a civil war since 2015, which has taken an irreversible toll on the population. Yemen was also deemed the region’s most fragile nation until 2015. Without access to clean water and the highest starvation rates, half the country was living in poverty. The brutality of the conflict has left 80% of the nation in desperate need of humanitarian assistance. Solar energy micro-enterprises from a UNDP initiative in Yemen, however, are allowing people to remain afloat.

The most critical issues facing Yemenis are personal security and food security. The outbreak of preventable diseases such as cholera and the stunted development of children has resulted from malnutrition. Currently, 70 per cent of Yemenis live in debt, and five years of violence and civilian attacks have destroyed the economy. In addition to economically crippling conflict, the inability to rebuild electricity in war-affected regions and naval blockades to delay oil imports has contributed to increased demand for solar energy. Many shops soon ran short of resources, and several regular people could not afford them even when resupplied. The United Nations Development Policy agreed to assist the general populace afflicted by energy shortages, especially women after foreign countries were aware of Yemen’s problem.

The U.N. Creation Initiative educates women about how solar panels can produce electricity so that they can operate their own businesses, which are small and medium-size. The U.N. aims to relieve hunger in Yemen as economic prospects are made possible by the abundance of capital by the use of solar radiation. Women will “sell power to be able to power the community services, such as health systems and water, with materials and training provided by the Development Programme.” The income earned from the micro-businesses ensures food protection and household needs for women as well as families. Also, through the United Nations (Yemeni women will achieve economic freedom. Programme inside the UNDP. Historically, women don’t work outside the household, but they are also the family’s money makers with the economic recession.

Thanks to the United Nations Development Programme, there are currently 200 operating micro-enterprises in Yemen. Providing power for homes, enterprises, schools as well as health institutions is the most sustainable energy supply, reducing the expense of electricity supplies. As more hospitals have the power to deliver amenities, the cost of transport has also decreased. This makes more resources for food as well as other needs to be saved by households. Arvind Kumar, who serves as the United Nations Project Manager, said in the press release that one needs sales opportunities to overcome the risks involved when it comes to the food insecurity.

In Yemen, the education system is among the many industries that have been positively impacted by the increase in solar energy. Today, because of a shortage of resources, electricity, and protection, 2 million children are being displaced from educational attainment. Twenty-one schools are currently linked to solar power, and 159 schools have also applied to access solar energy with measures in progress to deliver and link the resource. It is planned that thousands of schools in the provinces of Yemen would have access to solar electricity. When environments are more convenient, safer for their wellbeing and easier for knowledge preservation, accessibility to solar energy has enabled more children to study.