Similar to the rest of the world, businesses in Malawi need electricity to be successful in day to day tasks. But too often, the lights are turned off and owners and consumers are held at a stand still with few options. Electricity Supply Commission of Malawi (ESCOM) is the sole, government owned power company of the country.
Monopoly Plus Poverty
No competition means high monopolized prices, hitting small businesses hard. Expensive generators have been a temporary solution, but passing on the costs to a population in extreme poverty means a lot of lost business. The most promising solution for these small business owners, could be alternative energy.