Source: International Energy Agency, World Energy Outlook 2014.
 Candles, batteries, kerosene lamps and traditional biomass, increasing the pressure on the world’s forests.
|*But what does that mean?|
|Crowdfunding describes a new way of financing business, humanitarian, cultural and other ventures. A large number of individuals make donations or provide interest-free loans, interest-bearing loans or capital via a web platform.|
|Access to energy means access "to a basic threshold of energy services for both consumption and productive uses. Access to these energy services must be reliable and affordable and, where feasible, from low-GHG-emitting energy sources," under the definition put forward by the United Nations.|
|Microfinance/microcredit offers financial tools for people living in precarious conditions to improve their standard of living. Economist Muhammad Yunus, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006, pioneered the concept of microcredit when he set up the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh in the 1970s.|
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