Solar Lights and Cookstoves for Burma

by Solar Roots Vetted since 2012 Site Visit Verified

Summary

This project provides technical trainings in Solar PV, Improved Cookstoves and Organic Agricultural techniques in the poorest rural communities in Burma.

$25,000
total goal
$11,475
remaining
112
donors
3
monthly donors
5
years

Challenge

Solar PV systems are now widely used in Burma, but homeowners have no access to accurate information on purchase, maintenance and repair of their systems. Rural electrification is set to expand quickly, but there are few trained technicians available. Most rural farm families cook with wood over a 3-stone fire and this is dangerous to health and the forest environment. Synthetic fertilizers and pesticides are widely used by farmers, but they are unaware of the negative consequences.

Solution

By training end users and those interested in a career in Solar PV, we empower them to manage their systems for optimal performance and longevity. Trainings in Improved Cookstoves show farming families alternatives that can reduce wood consumption and improve indoor air quality. The project demonstrates the production and application of Organic fertilizers and Pesticides which can significantly improve the quality of farm produce, at the same time enhance soil fertility and structure.

Long-Term Impact

Increasing the knowledge base in Solar PV empowers rural home owners to successfully light their homes with Renewable Energy, reducing their dependence on fossil fuels. Particularly interested individuals become resources to pass on this knowledge. Using Improved Cookstoves, communities will suffer fewer pulmonary health problems and cut down fewer primary forests. A transition back to organic agriculture will restore soil fertility and reduce soil erosion in the long term.

Resources

http:/​/​www.solarroots.org
Blog Page describes our work in the last 10 years

Organization Information

Solar Roots

Location: Berkeley, CA - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.solarroots.org
Project Leader:
Bruce Gardiner
Berkeley, CA United States

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