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Solar Jobs & Energy - Village Minigrids in Lesotho

by STG International
Solar Jobs & Energy - Village Minigrids in Lesotho
Solar Jobs & Energy - Village Minigrids in Lesotho
Solar Jobs & Energy - Village Minigrids in Lesotho
Solar Jobs & Energy - Village Minigrids in Lesotho
Solar Jobs & Energy - Village Minigrids in Lesotho
Solar Jobs & Energy - Village Minigrids in Lesotho
Solar Jobs & Energy - Village Minigrids in Lesotho
Solar Jobs & Energy - Village Minigrids in Lesotho
Solar Jobs & Energy - Village Minigrids in Lesotho
Solar Jobs & Energy - Village Minigrids in Lesotho
Solar Jobs & Energy - Village Minigrids in Lesotho
Solar Jobs & Energy - Village Minigrids in Lesotho
Solar Jobs & Energy - Village Minigrids in Lesotho
Solar Jobs & Energy - Village Minigrids in Lesotho

Summary

Rural communities across the African continent - and the health clinics, schools, and businesses that serve them - lack access to basic energy resources needed to improve quality of health, education, and life. In collaboration with Onepower Lesotho we are going to scale building community minigrids to serve these customers! Your donation will help us support growth in village-based small enterprises to leverage electricity access to create economic growth and bring students into internships.

$40,000
total goal
$11,100
remaining
114
donors
3
monthly donors
2
fundraisers
7
years

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.

Solution

We have developed an affordable solar energy technology that can be manufactured in Lesotho to support energy systems at rural communities, health clinics, and schools. Since 2006, we and partners in Lesotho have planned with key stakeholders (Ministries of Health/Education, NGOs), trained a staff capable of scaling solar manufacturing, held training courses, built a new workshop, and conducted field tests. We are now putting together the puzzle pieces to ramp up to mini-grid installations!

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.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).

Resources

https:/​/​1pwrafrica.com/​
STG homepage
Onepower Lesotho - STG spinout social enterprise

Organization Information

STG International

Location: Cambridge, MA - USA
Website:
Project Leader:
Matthew Orosz
Dr.
Cambridge, MA United States
$28,900 raised of $40,000 goal
 
306 donations
$11,100 to go
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