90% of rural Indian families do not have regular access to electricity and light. So, they burn kerosene, which is unsafe, bad for the environment, bad for health and expensive, consuming up to 40% of household income. This project will launch 20 energy kiosks (each equipped with a POWERCycle pedal generator) operated by 3 female entrepreneurs,who will work to replace kerosene lamps in their community with clean, safe and inexpensive LED lights, and provide recharging services for a fee
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Despite the global energy crisis, we, in developed countries take for granted having light at the flick of a switch. Not so in the developing world where 2 billion people don't have access to electricity, which is often a per-requisite for escaping poverty. In the absence of grid electricity, off-grid renewable energy solutions are needed; and to date off-grid solutions using solar or wind technology have proven to be too costly and unreliable for those earning less than $1-2 a day.
How will this project solve this problem?
Nuru Energy has created a unique off-grid recharging platform, the POWERCycle that uses human power to recharge 5 of Nuru Energy's portable LED Lights together, in just 20 minutes! The technology is being spread via a network of rural energy kiosks operated by female entrepreneurs, who sell Nuru Lights and then provide recharging services for a small fee, earning in an hour, what they earned in a day before, while providing a clean, safe alternative to kerosene that is 5x cheaper for households
Potential Long Term Impact
Job creation: 20 kiosks will provide skill development and sustainable livelihood for 60 female entrepreneurs and their families. Improved health and safety: By reducing kerosene consumption, which is the leading cause of fires and burns & causes respiratory disease accounting for up to 1/4 of child deaths in rural India. Increased disposable income: Savings accrued from no longer purchasing kerosene are estimated at $37,500 for the targeted 3,000 households in the first year alone.
This project has been retired and is no longer accepting donations.