Give Pedal-Generated Light to Millions of Nepalis

by VillageTech Solutions (VTS)


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.
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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


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.

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.

Additional Documentation

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


World Bank Development Marketplace
mid-2005 Nepal weekly story

Organization Information

VillageTech Solutions (VTS)

Location: Menlo Park, CA - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
David Sowerwine
Managing Director
Menlo Park, California United States

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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.

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