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.
We have partnered with our friends at SolarBuddy.org, to change the lives of tens of thousands of children in PNG, bringing durable, sustainable, solar lights to children living in remote areas. We are currently operating Solar Kids in Central, Oro, New Ireland, East Sepik, Morobe, Milne Bay, Gulf, NCD Provinces and the Autonomous Region of Bougainville. In order to […]