We give people power. They own it. They use it. They build better lives
We believe in a world with universal access to energy and water. Our evidence based approach tackles the issues of energy poverty and water scarcity using tailored and appropriate technology to have proven positive impacts on health, education, sanitation and livelihoods.
Our unique implementation model sets us apart
There are other organisations that do similar work but what makes us different is our sustainable, community led approach to tackling poverty. We follow a unique process of implementation to ensure that the technology we install is sustainable on every level.
Our sustainable approach means that:
- the technology is appropriate to the geography and location
- the system does not deplete natural resources used by other communities
- the technology is accepted and valued by the community
- all members of the community are involved in the proccess and have access to the energy
- tariffs are introduced to support ongoing maintenance and repair
- there is a governance structure in place to manage the technology system and tariffs
- selected community members are trained to repair and maintain the technology
- women and youth are fairly represented
- the community members are trained with the skills and knowledge they need to use the energy for productive enterprise
- small businesses are linked with markets to enable them to sell their goods
We ask communities about their needs, and assess the natural resources available to them. We work with them to plan renewable energy systems to bring them whatever they need most, whether it is water, light, or electricity. We make sure that the planned system is appropriate and will not deplete or redirect resources used by other communities. We work with community stakeholders to set these systems up, and to train them in their use and governance.
After that, the communities take projects into their own hands. They use their new energy to increase crop yields and varieties, pursue education, start and improve businesses. More diverse income streams mean one bad harvest or drop in goods prices won’t leave people with nothing. They can prosper in the good times, and they are stronger in the bad.
We encourage innovation
Our enterprise workshops teach people the basic skills they need to start, improve and manage small businesses related to an improved supply of energy or water. In communities we work with people use heat to turn near-worthless local fruit into profitable jellies and candies. They charge mobile phones so they can chase business opportunities. They use new toilet blocks linked to biogas digesters, improving both hygiene and energy output.
Our projects are not a quick fix
We never start a project unless it can be sustained. We ensure that community members are trained in maintenance, that they can meet upkeep costs, and that energy is distributed fairly.
We do not provide hand-outs. We provide the tools people need to power themselves out of poverty.