Pilot solar charging station project makes it more accessible to charge mobiles and electronic devices in energy-poor communities. Back in 2018, I wrote an article on “The Insanely High Price to Charge Phones in Orang Asli Villages”. The story came about after we gathered data on energy usage in rural Orang Asli villages, and discovered…
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.
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.
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.
Utilising portable and renewable solar
energy, rural Orang Asli communities
can now have access to basic electricity
needs despite their remote locations.
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 realise
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.