Solageo

Solageo provides women and their households with sustainable and inclusive access to safe water and clean energy for healthier and more productive livelihoods.

About Solageo

According to the IFC’s Safe Water for All initiative, diarrhea is a leading cause of death among children under 5 years of age, while 443 million school days are lost every year because of water related illnesses (WHO and UNICEF). Water collection, and management of both water and energy resources in households in many developing regions, are usually handled by women. Empowering women, therefore, can have a significant impact on those households. Research by Deloitte Consulting LLP indicates that gender inequality is strongly correlated with national poverty levels. The research also shows that energy access programs coupled with meaningful income generating activities can play a critical role on both fronts. Hence, Solageo’s mission is sustainable and inclusive safe water and energy access for women and their households. We are implementing a pilot Safe Water and Energy Access project on Bussi Island in Uganda. Located south of the capital, Kampala, in Lake Victoria, Bussi Island has a population of around 40,000, most of whom have only Tier 0-1 level of energy access. In Uganda, we are partnering with CREEC, a non-profit organization affiliated with Makerere University. In collaboration with CREEC, we will train local microentrepreneurs on Bussi Island on our Solar Home Water Systems (SHWS), and through them, also educate local women end-users on proper product use as well as health and hygiene practices to ensure all household members truly benefit from safe water consumption and energy access. Given the relatively low income of households on Bussi Island, our SHWS incorporate smart technologies so each system has a unique ID and can be remotely monitored and activated. This allows us to make the SHWS available on a more affordable Pay-GO basis. Recurring payments are made through our partner’s mobile banking platform that includes blockchain backend resources, providing us with verified energy and water consumption data. Utilizing a CrowdFinancing platform, we can then connect unique SHWS with unique Crowdfunders globally and provide a transparent means to finance the purchase of SHWS on Bussi Island, and eventually scale safe water and energy access elsewhere in Uganda, Africa and other communities globally.

Solageo's Empower a Billion Lives Field Test

Location

Uganda

Objectives

To demonstrate all systems in operation, the field testing will be: - Water Source Identification & Testing plus Benchmark Data Gathering - Education and Training Curriculum Development - Recruitment of first woman micro-entrepreneur - Solar Kit Sales - Data Gathering and Results

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Learn more about Solageo

http://www.solageo.com/