Our Rural Village Energy hub (RVE) IS about securing futures for young boys and girls, about lifting families out of poverty, about strengthening communities, about shaping lives from dependency to providing ways for communities to create new opportunities.
RVE is NOT about charity, aid, or a gift. It is about empowering communities with a sustainable, community owned and run, clean energy and water solution. As a result communities control their own destiny and their practices protect the environment from harm.
Decreased deaths due to poverty and disease means a healthier more productive society which leads to job creation, growth and development of micro-enterprises. Poverty is reduced as communities mobilise their natural resources to create their own wealth.
Here are three ways we are creating positive ripples in society:
1. Saying yes to literacy.
Clean, reliable and adequate lighting means school going boys and girls can study for longer periods at night. It means reduced exposure to harmful kerosene fumes and less missed days at school due to respiratory and other such related illnesses. This in turn means better performance at school, their gateway to a more stable and successful future. Kerosene is also expensive! By providing access to electricity at affordable prices, we obviate the need to rely on kerosene – this saves money and increases productive time at night, saving time and money and increasing income.
2. No more carrying baby giraffes!
Did you know that three jerry cans of water equate to the weight of a baby giraffe? Women spend many hours per day collecting water and searching for firewood. Access to clean water means that they can direct this time to income generating activities. Girls are less likely to be pulled out of school to aid in these household chores, increasing their chances of receiving an education, escaping early marriage and securing not only their future but the future of their families. By employing local villagers to collect raw water for the community, we create local jobs and allow the majority of the community to benefit from clean water obtained at a central location, saving time and money and increasing income.
3. Saving time, saving money.
Access to biogas for cooking means that women and children can direct the many hours they spend in a day searching for firewood to other income generating activities. Once again, girls are able to focus their attention on school and bettering their eduction. By employing local people to collect cattle manure for digesting into biogas, we create local jobs and allow the majority of the community to benefit from clean cooking. This saves their lives and the environment in which they live.