VillageTech Solutions (VTS)

Create technology to better lives in developing countries

Engineer meets village woman in gift of light

Engineer meets village woman in gift of light
Mark Jeunnette, a design engineer on leave from IDEO, is helping to create the next version of the power system. Here he is presenting the home lighting system to one of EcoSystems' village partners. (view small | med | large | orig)

Training for the home lighting systems

Training for the home lighting systems
In a village environment where mechanical devices are limited to simple, utilitarian tools such as the plow and sickle, the appearance of a machine that makes electricity is a leap for everyone--the trainer as well as the eager recipients. Fourteen villages offered to be partners in the first round. Their early version equipment will now be upgraded. (view small | med | large | orig)

Training session for village women operators

Training session for village women operators
Women's groups often are formed to help the members become literate. A common second task is that they form a savings group. The dilemma is to find something useful in which to invest. Several of the participating village groups are such women's organizations, enabling them to become the Village Power company. (view small | med | large | orig)

Shrijana Rayamajhi demonstrates the UserBox

Shrijana Rayamajhi demonstrates the UserBox
Family members in each of the 14 participating villages attended a training class. For many of them this is the first electrical device in their homes. The first application is for home lighting. Most homes started with two LED pairs, but the battery can run as many as 20 pairs easily. (view small | med | large | orig)

Woman and child take their UserBox home

Woman and child take their UserBox home
Fourteen Nepali villages were equipped with a PedalGenerator, PowerCentre and fifteen to twentyfive UserBoxes in the spring and summer of 2007. The villagers kept records which are now being used to make the systems more robust. Light is liberating. (view small | med | large | orig)
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