Rural health clinics across the globe lack energy resources to provide quality care to the patients who need it most: doctors work with no lights, no hot water or heat in winter. Through an innovative training, technology transfer and manufacturing program, we create local jobs and empower local partners to build and maintain clean energy systems to power these clinics. Your contribution will help fund key workshop upgrades to support our partners' first commercial sales of solar systems.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Lesotho faces the dual challenges of requiring domestic engineering expertise to support development (improving infrastructure such as roads, water and electricity distribution networks) and losing many of its most talented citizens to lucrative employment opportunities abroad. Currently 85% of Basotho - along with the health clinics and schools that serve them - lack access to energy, and while 45% of Basotho are unemployed, support for technically-inclined local enterprise remains lacking.
How will this project solve this problem?
We have developed an affordable solar energy technology that can be manufactured entirely in Lesotho and which is sized for use at rural health clinics and schools. Since 2006, we and partners in Lesotho have conducted field tests, worked with key stakeholders (Ministries of Health/Education, NGOs), and trained a staff capable of scaling solar manufacturing. Key workshop upgrades will streamline manufacturing and reduce costs, enabling increased service for unelectrified rural institutions.
Potential Long Term Impact
Lesotho alone has over 170 health clinics and 400 rural schools serving over 1.5 million people; the African continent has over 300x more institutions and citizens in need. Local renewable energy enterprise - based on local manufacture rather than imported goods - has the potential to serve these markets, improving quality of life for millions of rural denizens, without CO2 emissions and while providing quality local jobs and keeping revenues within the local economy.
Total Funding Received to Date: $10,945
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $1,055
Total Funding Goal: $12,000