Give Pedal-Generated Light to Millions of Nepalis



An alternative to dirty & dim kerosene lamps, a 70-watt Pedal Generator easily lights two lamps in more than 100 homes for 3 hours every night & our individual home-lighting kits also let kids study.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

For millions of Nepalis, night brings darkness, broken only by the dim light of a kerosene wick or hearth fire. Both make smoke that causes lung disease. Access to the electric grid or to clean power from local hydro, solar or biogas sources is often impractical or unaffordable. After dark, families cannot work and children cannot study. In the day, schools cannot access recorded educational material. Batteries cannot be recharged. Telecommunication is impractic

How will this project solve this problem?

EcoSystems' team is upgrading the equipment with ongoing field trials. Manufacturing and distribution will begin by mid 2008. GG contributions are expanding the number of home lighting systems we can provide.

Potential Long Term Impact

With electric power, many lives will improve. Families will have light for studies and housework, spend less on kerosene, suffer less lung disease. Schools can use TV to dramatically improve teaching. Rechargeable batteries become an option.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $31,081

Funding Information

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 $31,081 .  The original project funding goal was $50,000.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


donate now:


Thanks to 115 donors like you, a total of $31,081 was raised for this project on GlobalGiving. Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

Still want to help?
Support another project run by VillageTech Solutions (VTS) that needs your help, such as:

green leaf

Certified Green Project

This project is certified GlobalGiving Green for addressing climate change sustainability.
Learn more.


Project Leader

David Sowerwine

Managing Director
Menlo Park, California United States

Where is this project located?

Great; we do too!
Enter your email address to receive updates from this project and from GlobalGiving
We respect your privacy.