Vort Port International

Vort Port International is a not-for-profit social venture with the mission of improving access to and develop critical necessities for communities at the Bottom of the Pyramid, or the “4 billion people who live on less than $2/day” through innovative approaches.

Vort Port International
P.O. Box 66191
Washington, DC 20035
United States

Board of Directors

Merry Walker, Shivangi Khargonekar, Marianna Oykhman, Chandni Shah, Jason Vou, Phillip Dixon, Patrick Kwiatkowski


Vort Port International is a not-for-profit social venture with the mission of improving access to and develop critical necessities for communities at the Bottom of the Pyramid, or the “4 billion people who live on less than $2/day” through innovative approaches.


Our projects are focused on improving the world by increasing the quality of life for individuals in developing countries, creating more efficient uses of energy, and promoting a competitive economic market. Part of our goal is to provide the most complete process for the communities which we are engage with. We ensure that we are providing sufficient support to our projects by limiting the quantity of operations occurring at any given time period during the process. Currently, we are devoting our efforts to two very important projects, both proving to provide life-altering improvements to the lives they touch, including ours. I. Solar powered computer lab Classroom by day, Internet Cafe by night. Vort Port International is working with our India correspondent, Raj Vable, and our partner institution, Jnana Bodhini School in the village of Pavagada, India on to create a solar-powered computer lab for educational use for Jnana Bodhini School by day and as an Internet cafe during the evenings. Power to empower learning. Located in the heart of southern rural India, Jnana Bodhini School is proud to be one of the only schools in its district that can offer any sort of computer education. The school recently bought 16 computers and hired two instructors to teach students fundamental computer skills and basic computer programming. This education is essential for students trying to compete with their urban counterparts for job opportunities in Bangalore, the nation’s booming information technology capital just 120 miles away. Unfortunately, the school isn’t able to use the lab most of the time because of the frequent power outages that plague the village of Pavagada, where the school is located. These daily and irregular power outages can last as long as 14 hours, making it futile to schedule any regular classes in the lab. As a result, the computers sit idly through most of the day, and students are cheated out of their chance to use them. That’s where we come in. We’re harvesting the power of the sun to brighten the futures of many young students at Jnana Bodhini School. With the implementation of this solar-powered computer lab, we’re making it possible for students to grasp a competitive edge in the field of information technology. 2. Centralized Solar Lamps We are dedicated to: Empowering women by helping them start their own social enterprises, which will increase the economic potential of their community, while reducing the environmental and human health hazards of kerosene lighting. Our Initiative will: Reduce the amount of time that a woman must walk to obtain kerosene and fire wood supplies, thereby allowing more time in their day for education, work, and other activities; Reduce environmental and human health hazards associated with the Particulate Matter (PM) released from Kerosene lamps for some of the estimated 60% of Indians who rely on kerosene for light; Provide lighting to a significant portion of the estimated 70% of the rural areas in India that do not have access to light; and Create a sense of confidence and empowerment to yield long-term success among rural women. Our Goal: To touch the lives of over 30 villages by our second year, and have nation-wide presence by our fifth year. Our VPI Growth Plan: We will work with the talented engineers, economists, and entrepreneurs at VPI to reach our goals and to spread our solar lamp model across the other social enterprises under the VPI umbrella, by leveraging their established networks. Specifically, we will collaborate with VPI’s Biodigester Company and Girls Republic Company to better understand how their work can be incorporated into our project’s targeted villages. Lastly, we will leverage our own network to address the growing concern of access to clean and potable water in India in our sixth year, by consulting VPI’s health scientists and environmental scientists. 3. Bamboo Bicycles The lack of transportation and mobilization in rural regions is limiting access to existing resources globally, preventing the proliferation of sustainable lifestyles and communities. Worldwide, bicycles have been a reliable method for attaining resources in order to survive daily. Developments of bicycles in rural areas are a great need in many communities. Identification of this need and potential growth of networks and community partnerships subsist in Uganda. Vort Port International will provide sustainable, affordable bicycles for Ugandans will strengthen the push toward a healthier future. To address the mobilization needs of Ugandans, the project proposes to provide sustainably-designed bicycles to rural populations, which are constructed from bamboo frames. Identification of priority populations is fundamental in sustaining this project idea and striving toward the greatest impact across communities. The initial phases of the project may not allow limitations on select populations; however, it is the hope that an incentive could be developed to target the following populations: A) Women- As the most disadvantaged population, women hold much responsibility with little control over life circumstances. This project has the potential to encourage a means of empowerment, gender equity, as well as maternal and child health. B) Youth- Surviving to make up over 70 percent of Uganda’s population, this group is the future. Providing opportunities to greater access to resources also means healthier lives, and thus healthier generations. C) Health care providers (midwives, healthcare workers, nurses, public health community workers, immunization programs, HIV/AIDS travel clinics) – These members have the potential to shape healthier futures by reaching communities, families, and individuals in rural areas when provided with the mobilization to do so. D) Farmers- Agriculture is one of Uganda’s greatest natural assets as farmers continue to sustain the country’s economy

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