Location: New Ireland, Gulf and Oro Provinces and Autonomous Region of Bougainville
“Millions of people in the world’s poorest countries remain enslaved by the chains of poverty. It is time to set them free.” Nelson Mandela.
In PNG, 6.3 million people live without access to the electricity grid. The lack of reliable light limits people in undertaking daily activities such as business, reading, schoolwork, and household chores. It also increases safety and security risks for families as darkness provides an easy cover for crime during the night. Solar lighting and energy technology presents a significant opportunity to provide clean, sustainable and affordable lighting solutions to off-grid communities in PNG.
In response to this challenge, KTF is working with women’s groups across the country. We assist them in establishing and managing sustainable businesses where they sell solar lights and offer recharging services to PNG communities. These devices are affordable for rural families and provide reliable light and the small businesses provide women with regular income streams.
Improving PNG’s solar infrastructure will benefit education, income generation, the environment and health outcomes for local people. Given the slow growth of electrification, the PNG lighting crisis must addressed now. Solar energy enterprises are a critical part of a sustainable future for PNG.
Results to date
KTF has established women’s groups in a number of communities across the Oro, Gulf, and New Ireland Provinces and the Autonomous Region of Bougainville.
In 2017, five new women’s groups were established in:
- Siu, Oro Province
- Tainabuna, Oro Province
- Kimaden, New Ireland Province
- Pinikidu, New Ireland Province
- Lontis, Autonomous Region of Bougainville
- 50 women across PNG accessed training in business skills & financial literacy;
- 5 start up kits distributed to women’s group, providing adequate resources to support the management of their micro-enterprises. These start up kits included 100 solar lights which are gifted to the women’s groups.
- 5 communities in 3 Provinces have greater access to solar lighting solutions and a deeper understanding of the benefits of investing in solar powered lights, as a result of lights sold by women’s groups to date.
Eight new locations have been identified for project expansion in 2018 across New Ireland, Gulf, Central and Bougainville.