What is the social/environmental problem/issue that this project will address?
In these communities, children cannot study nor their parents do household chores or income generating activities outside daylight hours, this project addresses the lack of opportunities for any advancement, socially and economically that results from being non-electrified and offline, danger to health through the use of kerosene, paraffin etc, as well as environmental degradation resulting from the foraging of wood for fire.
Can you give us some statistics on this problem?
3,000 people will benefit from this project, household incomes will rise if employment opportunities are enhanced.
Africa’s non electrified population is expected to grown from 110 to 120 million households by 2015. Finance for the distirubtion costs of solar products is impossible to access for subsistence farmers, who spend 70% of household income feeding their families. Africa’s share of kerosene based CO2 emissions is estimated to be between 30 – 50 million tons with each African family, on average, consuming 60 litres a year. Kerosene prices are estimated to be rising at 4% per annum. 95% of this community are subsistence farmers; Uganda’s population is estimated to grow by 173% by 2050.
How will you deliver this?
Through the training of locally selected women to be solar engineers (already arranged) for the installation and ongoing maintenance of the solar equipment and the purchase, through funds raised, of the solar equipment.