Location: NCD, Central and Oro Provinces
“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. There are more than 1.3 million off-grid households not currently using solar devices for their lighting. 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 muscle lights’ and offer recharging services to PNG communities. These devices are very affordable for rural families and provide reliable light. Businesses like these also 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.
KTF established two new women’s groups in Kou Kou and in Gorari who’s focus was to implement and manage a new solar technology micro business. The results have been overwhelmingly positive:
- A total of 17.970 Kina was generated from the Solar Muscle lights and Solar Lanterns businesses.
- A profit of 9,659 Kina was made
- 5,550 Kina was reinvested back into the solar businesses
- 117 new households and 923 individuals gained access to solar lighting devices across Kou Kou and Gorari Villages, increasing the number of people with access to a sustainable off-grid solar light source.
- 22 women from different households participated in this project, increasing the number of households with access to a sustainable source of income.
Based on the success of this project in Kou Kou and Gorari, KTF is in the process of expanding this project, establishing two new women’s solar micro-business groups in Ononda and Gona villages.