Solar Jobs & Energy for Rural Lesotho Communities

by STG International
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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. Through an innovative localized training program, we create jobs and empower local partners to build, install, and maintain clean energy systems to serve these communities through sustainable market mechanisms. Your donation will help serve our first school-based minigrid in Lesotho.
$27,250.00
total goal
$6,040.00
remaining
101
donors
2
monthly donors
3
years active

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

STG homepage
About Lesotho (Government of Lesotho homepage)

Organization Information

STG International

Location: Cambridge, MA - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.stginternational.org
Project Leader:
Matthew Orosz
Dr.
Bridgewater, MA United States
$21,210 raised of $27,250 goal
 
191 donations
$6,040 to go
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