Like any household appliance, solar air heaters need to be maintained so they last the full length of their 20 year lifespan. A small donation not only restores a household's source of renewable heat, but also provides much-needed economic stimulus to reservation economies.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Like any home appliance, solar air heaters can suffer from operational difficulties. The most common sources of problems with the systems we install are rodents eating through the flexi-duct that connects the heater to a home and problems with the system's motor, which is one moving part. Both items cost less than $45 in parts to repair. We want to ensure that each solar heater lasts for the full-length of its 20-year lifespan, and basic repairs are important to meeting this goal.
How will this project solve this problem?
This project will provide funds to complete heater repairs on 10 heating systems, ensuring that these families' solar heaters are working properly as we move into the bitterly cold winter months. In addition, because we employ Native Americans to install and repair these solar heaters, this project provide wages in reservation economies with extreme unemployment.
Potential Long Term Impact
With an average household size of 5, this project will help 50 Native Americans on Pine Ridge live more comfortably during the bitter winter months, save significant amounts of money, and decrease their energy dependence.
Total Funding Received to Date: $2,000
This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.
Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $2,000 . The original project funding goal was $2,000.
Every microproject is intended to use the donations it receives in accordance with its stated description; however, it is important to provide project leaders with the flexibility to maximize the potential benefit from the donations they receive. This means that your donation may be used as a part of the main project that supports this microproject, specifically Provide 10 Solar Heaters to Native Families. In this event, the project leader is required to post an update to the microproject detailing the results and reasons behind this change.
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