Rural Energy Financing and Entrepreneurship Development (REFED) Project –
Helping the planet
Getting energy from the sun or wind reduces dependency on fossil fuels and burning biomass. This makes for better
use of available resources, lowering the extractive burden on forests, and decreasing pollution, including emission
of greenhouse gases.
The community has already reported major savings from the use of solar lighting. Previously, while a household spent five US dollars per month on kerosene, now a household spends only one to two US dollars per month to pay back an energy loan. People are able to be productive for longer as a result of solar lighting. The solar technology has also eliminated harmful air pollution-like particulates, which cause respiratory illness and death. The project is making communities more sustainable and self-sufficient, contributing to their resilience.
The initiative has graduated from just a one participating village to becoming a regional project with more than 10,000 direct beneficiaries. The project’s capacity building will allow it to grow further, as communities take charge of their own development. Project coordinators also hope to expand their reach by partnering with other rural communities.
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