One of the poorest nations in the world and among many other challenges it faces, Malawi also faces the issue of energy poverty. According to a World Bank report, only nine percent of Malawi’s 16 million population has access to grid-based electricity.
In the 21st century, a majority of households in Malawi rely on kerosene lamps and candles for light. The 2015 Economic report reveals that for those households that do have energy sources, approximately 16 percent of their annual income is used to pay for it.
"...with the recent persistent power interruption, the Shire River has all of a sudden become a blight, as almost anyone is blaming the river for not providing Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) with enough water to generate electricity."