Project #10690

Solar for Cameroon

by Appropriate Technology Collaborative

This summer we added sections to our "Circuits and Solar" curriculum, and we have had our first trial of the new curriculum yesterday and today (in Guatemala)

The additional material helps students understand how to connect solar panels together to either create higher voltage or higher amperage.  (The total amount of electricity is the same)

We are not achieving our goal to support our NGO friends in Cameroon.  We will continue this campaign and add a new page on our website to see if we can create a better support network for our partners.  

We will be posting about the Cameroon campaign later this fall.  

Thank you 

John Barrie

Reading by Candle Light
Reading by Candle Light

Our solar project in Cameroon needs a funding push to get enough funding to teach Circuits and Solar.

Our other similar projects show that once a class graduates they have the skills to understand, maintain and repair solar power systems.  Solar is less expensive than kerosene lamps so the people who purchase solar power save money.  We had one family tell us that they saved about 25% of their disposable income just because they chose to buy a solar light.

The solar light you see attached to this email is a very simple light that also can charge a cell phone.  It is brighter than a kerosene lamp and it does not create toxic fumes.

We are working on a website devoted to this project which I hope will take this Global Giving campaign to the next level.

Solar lighting businesses are sustainable ventures that provide jobs and create conditions that lead to better health and better education.


Thank you for your support.

Inexpensive Solar Light and Cell Phone Charger
Inexpensive Solar Light and Cell Phone Charger


Solar Panel on a Roof
Solar Panel on a Roof

One of the goals of The Appropriate Technology Collaborative is to set up small to medium scale businesses in less economically developed countries.  Often there are many barriers to business development.  The regulations for starting a business can be obscure even to local people with years of experience.  We have found ourselves or our partners standing in line for hours to get documents stamped only to be told that there is yet another set of stamps required before a business is legal.

Fortunately in Cameroon the government has set up a fast track for starting new social enterprises.

From the US Small Business Administration Website:

"Recently, the Cameroonian government has brought two new agencies in Cameroon to make the business environment more friendly. The first one is the creation of a one-stop shop for new companies. That means instead of needing three to six months to create your company, you can do that now in three to five days. Another agency, the investment and promotion agency that facilitates all the processes businesses have to go through when they want to do business in Cameroon. So, for example, the agreements, even the facilities like for electricity, water, they can take care of that so that the business person just cares about meeting people. So these are two agencies that have been created which improved the business climate."

With your support we can teach "Circuits and Solar", send teaching kits and solar hardware to our local team and get them started in a sustainable business.

Thank you,


John Barrie

Solar Light System #3
Solar Light System #3
In preparation of sending our solar kits, we sent Mr. Monthe our basic lesson plan for our Circuits and Solar class.  He responded that his students have responded enthusiastically to receiving the plans. Below is a direct quote from his email; French is the language in Cameroon.
  "During my teaching, at the questions and answers time, most students always tell me that , they want to become solar entrepreneur and there will be light everywhere, more micro solar jobs creating . Last time during a solar class, a student say that he want to design and create a solar Kiosk where he would be selling solar light and charging of mobile phones , as assignment , I asked the whole class that design a solar kiosk on their own with little description for next week."
We are proud to be helping these children learn and change their lives.  Interest in the course has expanded to the neighboring villages and Mr. Monthe has prepared lesson plans for them.  This allows other teachers, homeschoolers and even adults to learn about solar and circuitry.  All of this in anticipation of the hardware that we hope to provide through your generous donation.

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Appropriate Technology Collaborative

Location: Ann Arbor, MI - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
John Barrie
Ann Arbor, Michigan United States

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