Importance of rural electrification in Villages in Sierra Leone.
Most of Sierra Leone village people have no access to modern forms of energy, such
as electricity, gas, and liquid fuels. Fuel wood accounts for about 75% of total energy supplies.
More than 80% of the population live in rural areas and depend on traditional fuels (fuel
wood and crop residues) for cooking, heating water and kerosene for lighting. This is
having an adverse impact on forests and watersheds. In addition, burning these fuels
increases indoor air pollution, which adversely affects the health of women and children
in particular. Rural electrification is the only way that the majority of the rural populace
can move toward attaining energy security and enhancing social well being.