Micro Infrastructure Projects

“In the quest to lift all communities out of poverty by 2030 in line with the Sustainable Development Goals, access to modern infrastructure, such as electricity, clean water and agricultural tools will be essential. However, the poorest villages are often deeply rural in areas of low population density, where neither large infrastructure (like power grids) and microfinance have yet reached, nor are likely to. Micro-scale solutions for each isolated household or village is a more cost-effective solution, mostly run from solar power which is now the cheapest form of electricity on the planet. Technologies that can be deployed in micro-infrastructure projects include solar home power systems for low power appliances like LED lights, phone chargers, TVs, fans and radios, as well as more centralized community-scale power for solar powered mills, water pumps and purification systems, washing machines and more. Solar electric cooking can even be used to decrease fuelwood consumption and reduce indoor air pollution. Many of these technologies not only add value to villagers’ goods, but also reduce manual labour for women by 20-50 hours per month, freeing up time to do more productive and enjoyable tasks, including perhaps earning more income. By reducing expenditure on kerosene lamps, diesel fuel for water pumps and mills, and on cooking fuel in urban markets, and by also increasing income, the net positive impact of micro infrastructure projects will make people more money than the cost of the services provided.

A state-of-the-art software system supports our micro infrastructure projects, identifying and designing appropriate solutions for every community and household in emerging markets, and helping to manage the financial and impact data from projects during the years of operation. In most cases, once the assets have been paid for over a 3-10 year period, the community takes local ownership of the assets via a lease-purchase pay-as-you-go structure.”

Details

Location Vanuatu, Indonesia, Honduras
Solution stage In the market and ready to scale
Business model Array
Stewart Craine stewart@villageinfrastructure.org
Organisations involved Vanuatu Rural Services Cooperative, Yu Lapta Karnika (Honduras), Sumba Sustainable Solutions (Indonesia)
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