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Help provide clean and safe light to isolated fishing villages in Uganda.
Two of the biggest threats facing humanity today are climate change and poverty. These are set against a global backdrop of skyrocketing oil prices that have continuously eroded the meager resources of the poorest in society and increased the negative impacts of climate change and the reliability of energy supply. This situation is accompanied by widespread global interest in renewable sources of energy, particularly solar energy, and is increasingly calling for urgent redress. It is important to note that renewable energy technologies produce little or no greenhouse gases, a main contributing factor to climate change.
It is noted by the World Health Organization that nearly half the world’s population, or about three billion people, have no access to electricity and rely instead on traditional fuels for indoor heating and lighting. Burning biomass fuels like wood and fossil fuels such as kerosene is highly toxic and expensive. The resulting indoor air pollution impacts negatively upon poverty, health, climate change and gender equality issues and is estimated to be killing over 1.6 million people every year worldwide, more than 85% of which are women and children under five. It has been scientifically proven that climate change is mainly a result of the large-scale burning of fossil fuels for energy. This has pumped vast amounts of greenhouse gases, primarily carbon dioxide, into the atmosphere. At the same time, we continue to destroy forests on a large-scale, which has released billions of tonnes of carbon dioxide. By replacing carbon-emitting products like kerosene lamps with solar power, and reducing our dependency on burning wood and fossil fuels, we can alleviate global warming.
Recent research has revealed that the soot from biomass fires typically used for heating and lighting in most rural Ugandan households in poor and hard to reach fishing villages around the shores of Lake George in Kasese district and in other developing countries is only second to CO2 in causing global warming. The kerosene lamp, used widely across the developing world and in Uganda, is estimated to create around a tonne of carbon over a seven year period. Replacing these lamps with solar lanterns will lead to significant reductions in carbon emissions in Kasese. Promoting the widespread use of solar power for home lighting is a step in the right direction, particularly in developing countries like Uganda where energy poverty is endemic and widespread in rural settings. This initiative would increase access to affordable electricity, reducing rural poverty and providing poor communities with a cheaper and greener electricity source.
It is against this background that EPRUDO is seeking support from Kopernik to enable it to promote and distribute clean solar technology to isolated, poor and vulnerable communities through its grassroots network approach. We seek to combat climate change and energy poverty by promoting and bringing clean, renewable power to hard to reach fishing villages across lakeshore areas around Lake George, in Kasese district, Southern Uganda.
Solar technology uses solar power which is clean energy. The power of the sun is harnessed by the technology to provide cheap, reliable and long-lasting power for home lighting during evening hours which will be used to combat the widespread energy poverty in rural fishing villages in Kasese district, Uganda. The solar light will help to reduce the number of kerosene lamps currently being used by the poor for lighting which produce highly toxic and poisonous smoke that negatively affects individual health and contributes to global warming. The ten year guarantee provided by the manufacturers ensures that the money invested in the technology’s purchase will enable poor communities to put additional money saved towards other basic needs.
162 households or approximately 810 people (approximately 5 individuals per household)
The strategy is to select poor households to work in groups in order to purchase the products. However, this will not be a lump sum payment. An agreed payment schedule will be developed between the beneficiaries and EPRUDO so that the targeted households will pay based on their own income cycle.
|Product||Cost of the technology, shipping, clearance and local taxes||38.67||162||6,265|
|Wire transfer fee||One transfer to tech provider, one transfer to cover local duty and clearance||45||2||90|
|Paypal/other payment processing fee||3.3% average based on the average size of project and average donation amount||3.30%||242|
|Kopernik 10%||In order to cover due diligence cost that Kopernik conducts||733|
Fluctuations in currency exchange rates and shipping costs may change the final quantity of technologies shipped for this project.
EPRUDO will support planning, monitoring and evaluation and will provide office space and storage throughout the project. The organization will also contribute 500 USD towards transportation and marketing/awareness raising project costs.