“Changing Rural Life Forever” is an initiative of RVE.SOL – Soluçoes de Energia Rural Lda. We are a “social entrepreneurship for profit”.
Through “Changing Rural Life Forever”, we are applying sustainable technology to the benefit of the world’s poorest in a way that creates financial benefits or profit for our investors, life changing impetus and measurable social impact for the people who use our solutions and measurable positive environmental impact on the planet. This is also known as the “triple bottom line”.
Formed out of the belief that everyone has a basic human right to sustainable energy and fresh water, “Changing Rural Life Forever” is about implementing first world, renewable energy technologies within locally sustainable community business models to eradicate poverty. To this end we have developed the Rural Village Energy hub or RVE.
Too many people around the world continue to live in abject poverty through the inability to alter their status quo. These are the so-called base of the pyramid (BOP) demographic who subsist on less that $4 per day. The reality of their life is a forced reliance on hydrocarbon and biomass fuels, dirty ground water and over-use of agricultural land. This causes ongoing suffering and death from respiratory illness, water-born disease and ever decreasing income generation. Through the provision of fresh drinking water, electricity for lighting, biogas for cooking and fertiliser for crops, rural communities are transformed through increased access to communication, information and education, creating the opportunity to improve their own livelihood and thrive.
The RVE (Rural Village Energy Hub) is being implemented in rural villages in Eastern Africa initially. A fully integrated, holistic solution built on robust and scalable technology, it is kick-starting micro-economies and creating impetus for rural villages to raise themselves out of poverty and fight the spread of disease. We believe that the introduction of these affordable energy and water services to poor rural communities is the much needed catalyst for initiating a process of poverty reduction that ultimately will mirror itself to wealth creation.
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