Surayati’s village is in a remote patch of land, 20km away from the nearest town. She has no access to basic needs like electricity. When night falls, she lights a small fire by burning palm kernels to provide light for her family. Blanketed by darkness, she contemplates why her life has remained unchanged and what…
Hazardous and Unsustainable Energy
The orang asli rely on kerosene lamps, wood fires, and dried palm kernel bonfires for light and warmth. These could affect their health in the long-term and pose a fire hazard.
Paying More for Energy
Some families rely on diesel-powered generators, car batteries, and heavy-duty 6V batteries for power. They are spending more than the average person despite their low power consumption.
Limited Activities at Night
Children are unable to study at night, causing them to fall behind and eventually drop out. Women have less time to be productive; they cannot see properly at night and risk hurting themselves when doing chores.
Facilitating discussion and communication to come up with a community-led solution that is sustained through local leadership and changemakers.
Making Energy More Accessible
Utilising portable and renewable solar energy, rural Orang Asli communities can now have access to basic electricity needs despite their remote locations.
Participatory Community Monitoring
Evaluating and monitoring the project together with our beneficiaries to instil ownership and ensure long-term commitment towards positive change.
“Poverty is not just about a lack of money. It’s about the absence of the resources the poor need to realize their potential. Two critical ones are time and energy.
…if the world can put more of both into the hands of the poorest, we believe it will allow millions of dreams to take flight.”
BILL & MELINDA GATES
Home Solar System
Customising solar solutions for each village’s unique energy needs from lighting, charging phones, and powering small appliances.
Solar Charging Stations
A community-managed facility for charging devices like phones, power banks, portable radios, etc.
WHAT COULD HAPPEN IF YOU ACT NOW
A Brighter Future
Families can save on money that can be put to better use to lift themselves out of poverty.
Empowering Women and Children
Children can gain valuable time at night for studying and women can learn an income-generating skill and be productive.