In PNG, despite a growing economy driven by the extractive industry, income and human poverty persist. The majority of the population continues to live in rural, isolated areas with little or no access to basic services, such as healthcare, education, energy and safe drinking water. In response our livelihoods program aims to introduce demand-led goods to market. Implemented on an adaptable scale, we first test the products and market appetite, and develop suitable business structures before going to scale. The livelihood opportunities are aligned to community need, for example, off-grid solar, and build upon community strengths, such as agriculture. To increase sustainability the program is enterprise-based, women led and flexible enough to allow for changes in demand. By investing the money we raise into developing sustainable businesses, we know we are creating lasting change for families and communities.
6.3 million people in PNG live without access to the energy needed to meet their basic needs. Lack of reliable lighting limits people’s ability to undertake daily activities such as business, reading, schoolwork, and household chores; and increases the safety and security risks for families at night.