At present the Mukene (small silver fish) fishermen on Lake Victoria use 3 to 4 kerosene lights to attract the fish into their nets at night. The fuel for the lanterns costs them $5 to $7 per night, reducing their already small incomes.
Lake Victoria is the second largest lake in the world. There are 2 million families in the countries surrounding Lake Victoria that rely on the fishing in Lake Victoria for their liveliehood, with millions more using the fish as a food source.
There is no grid electricity in most of the fishing villages for lights, radio, TV, phone charging for families to enjoy life. Each year many children get serious burns from the use of kerosene lanterns in the homes. What little electricity available is usually supplied by generators that are costly to run, noisy, polluting and sujject to breakdown.
Over the 6 years of its existence, African Alternative Energy Solutions has come up with unique green solutions to solve the electricity deficit that faces Uganda and other developing countries. You can see some of them on our website, www.powerstationafrica.com.
About 80% of the population of Uganda has no access to electricity and even where there is grid power, power blackouts are a regular occurance.
Toward the end of 2012 we designed and developed a new 12 volt, low cost, LED lighting system for homes, schools, resorts, small shops, etc that we are making here in Uganda. We are ramping up production as fast as resources allow as the PowerLights have been very well received.
While out in the Ssese Islands in the middle of Lake Victoria showing the PowerLight system, we met with a group of Mukene fishermen that requested that we develop a waterproof version of the PowerLights to replace the kerosene lanterns that they use in their nets, which we have done. Not only are the lights waterproof they are submergible, which we believe will attract more fish into the nets and thus increase their nightly income.
The Mukene PowerLight fishing system has gone through phase 1 and 2 testing and passed with flying colors and now we need to do a full blown test having many fishermen use the systems before going into full production. We also need to go through an expensive certification process, quantify the benefits and ramp up our manufacturing capability to meet the expected demand.
We project we will need about $350,000 over the next 12 months in total if we are going to scale up to meet the expected demand. It has been indicated that we can raise $250,000 in development funding if we can raise the first $100,000 from other sources.
Once in a while, if you are lucky, you have the opportunity to make a real positive impact on people's lives, now and in the future. This is one those when your assistance can help raise the quality of life for thousands of families.
- Our solar PowerLight systems will allow the hard working fishermen to cut their costs and bring home more of their income. That income will trickle down to the shopkeepers in the villages and the schools in school fees for the children that will now be able to attend. Whole communities will benefit.
- It will provide safe, low cost and clean solar generated electricity to improve people's lives, by providing lighting at night for students to study by and the ability to enjoy TVs, radios, ect.
- It will provide employment opportunities in the making, selling and supporting of the systems in a country where it is desperately needed.
- All this by providing clean, green power to people who really need it.
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If you are retired or have extra time on your hands, have an adventurous spirit and have knowledge and experience that would help our endeavor, come down as a volunteer and help us take this company to the next level. I promise you it will be an experience you won't ever forget. Uganda is like cancer, once it is in your blood it is hard to eradicate.If you have questions, ideas, thoughts, or want moreinformation please contact me at email@example.com or on skype at powerstation-uganda.
Founder and CEO of African Alternative Energy Solutions