2021 Impact Report
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A Letter From The CEO
Hello from New York,
In 2021, BioLite reached an additional two million individuals with clean energy access – that means over 3.6 million people now have safe, reliable ways to cook, charge, and light their daily lives with BioLite solutions. For context, this is double the reach we achieved in 2020, a compelling indication that our organization is successfully building a self-propelling system of change through our products and distribution.
But scale is just one aspect of impact – quantity is paramount, but so is the quality of the change we are affecting. We are reaching individuals, but are we serving people who didn’t have strong existing options? When we reach them, are their lives for the better? According to our partners and third party data, the answer is a resounding YES:
- In a recent report published by the independent impact measurement company 60 Decibels, 94% of BioLite cookstove customers said their lives had improved because of BioLite.
- More than 85% of all solar systems in home in Malawi are from BioLite, a geography that had been previously underserved with one of the lowest electrification rates in sub-Saharan Africa.
Creating solutions that actually change lives is central to our mission and the motivating force behind our team’s continual commitment to solving hard problems – and this was especially true in another highly disruptive year like 2021: Operation teammates battling supply chain challenges, designers and engineers continuing to develop, prototype, and test in remote capacities, sales and marketing developing mobile and digital solutions to empower our partners and customers, and finance working tirelessly to support the business and help us achieve our commitment to affordable, reliable products for everyone. To the BioLite Team, thank you for your ongoing dedication and good energy.
Inside this report, you’ll see the numbers above and more brought to life through a combination of data visualization and storytelling; of big milestones and personal anecdotes. That’s the humbling responsibility we have here at BioLite: the continual mission to achieve scale while remembering that true impact happens on the individual level.
To the BioLite community reading this report, thank you for being a part of this journey. We are well on our way to realizing our vision of reaching 20 million people by 2025 and we could not do it without you.
In Good Energy,