I've been asked a few times for a budget breakdown or projection, and will answer the question as well as I can.
The answer would be easy if all we wanted to do was to provide crank flashlights and solar cell phone chargers. Even though we limit the target beneficiaries to single females with school aged children, the upper limit of households that are in dire need of these devices would far exceed our ability to fund them. All money raised on this site will, in-fact, be used to purchase those devices.
There is available, to Liberia, a very cost-effective shipping option and all of the devices will be distributed in Kakata, through WAMODA, a woman's health and entrepreneurial NGO. The shipping is being privately funded and there will be no in-country distribution costs so all funds raised on this site will go towards the flashlights and chargers.
The pedal/water/wind powered device is harder to estimate since we have not yet come up with a workable design. The goal with the larger generator, which should be able to charge at least four cell phones at a time, is to to build and distribute it in Liberia. There are almost no resources available in-country. Items such as used bicycle parts, salvaged automobile alternators, marine batteries, and many small electronic components are just not there. That means everything needs to be located elsewhere and shipped. I've already mentioned that shipping is inexpensive, so we will ignore that for now, But it does take almost three months to arrive.
My closest estimate, now, for the electronic components is <$50US. Since we don't have the mechanical part done, there isn't an estimate but, for the sake of moving on, let's use $50US so we have an easy number to deal with (although, unfortunately, I think it's low).
A worker in Liberia earns about $80 a month, a teacher earns about $120. We would pay by the piece and price it out so that the assembler could earn $10 a day. Tools will cost about $200. I will assume a two week training period and a week to make each generator. (Yes, I know others could do it in much less time. They also have experience, understanding of the process and power tools.) We will not rent any building until and unless the project can prove itself successful. The first two units will be given to local entrepreneurs to test and critique.
Here's the breakdown of expenses to that point:
1 training unit $100
2 working units $200
If the first two units prove to be successful we will still have $300 seed money to put into the next phase. If we are not successful we'll buy more flashlights and chargers.