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April 26, 2016

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BENEFITING: Saha Global

Adeel Afshar

THE STORY:

 

Hi everyone! My name is Adeel Afshar and I’m a Sophomore at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign studying Chemical Engineering and Engineering Physics. I’m travelling to Ghana this summer to help bring solar energy to developing communities through the Saha Global’s Global Leadership Program. I’m extremely honored to be given the opportunity to utilize my engineering education to make a difference in the lives of others and I am excited to be working towards a great cause.

I’ll be working with a team engineers for three weeks in a rural village outside of Tamale to set up a solar energy business. Once set up, we will be teaching the women of the community how to successfully run and manage the enterprise for the years to come. By giving these women ownership of the business we are empowering them with independence and opportunity to provide electricity for the community. Members of the community can come to the charging station to purchase batteries or charge their personal phones for a small fee. By working to provide this resource, we are essentially creating a brighter future for all.

The Issue:

In this modern age of technology, it’s incredible that over 1 billion people still lack access to electricity. In many rural communities in Africa, people still utilize open fires inside their homes to provide light and warmth. This is a huge problem as the smoke causes a slew of respiratory health issues for the ones that spend the most time in the home: women and children. Indoor air pollution accounts for four million deaths per year, more than malaria and AIDS combined. Solar energy can bring an end to this by providing a clean form of energy. Getting access to this clean energy not only allows the aspiring student to keep learning after sun sets, but it also allows the entire family to live a happier and healthier life.

The Solution:

Before traveling to Ghana, I am fundraising to cover the start-up materials needed for each community business, which Saha donates to the community. Donating these materials helps to keep the cost of running the business low-enough that the entrepreneurs can charge their community, where most people live on less than $2/day, affordable prices for their services. After the initial start-up cost, Saha no longer provides any financial support to the community. The solar businesses are completely owned and operated by the women entrepreneurs and are financially sustainable. Saha Global strives to empower women in rural communities to solve their village’s need for clean electricity. All of the revenue from these businesses stays in the community and is managed by the women entrepreneurs. To date, Saha Global has launched 84 clean water businesses and 20 solar electricity businesses, which empower 207 women entrepreneurs who serve approximately 43,220 people. 100% of these businesses are still in operation today.

More Ways to Donate:

Send Checks Written out to Saha Global with my name in the memo to: Saha Global

PO Box 225342

San Francisco, CA 94122-5342

You can also donate to me directly through venmo @Reahman-Afshar.

For more info on the issue and what we’re doing, feel free to check out Saha Global’s Website at http://sahaglobal.org

Together we can accomplish great things in this world. With this in mind, I know that the future is bright. Thank you for all of your kind support.

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$750

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  • Aisha Afshar

    $50

  • Not Ian Mann

    $25

  • NICKYJ

    $10

  • LEBRON JAMES

    $10

  • Isaac and Adam

    $250

  • Anna F.

    $10

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Cheeky Charlie

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  • Michael Stewart

    $25

  • Sister Maryam Afshar

    $50

  • Bubaloo

    $20

  • Qi

    $25

  • Justin Betancourt

    $25

  • Kelly Pecak

    $50

  • Jordan Blake Banks

    $25

  • Kdot

    $10

  • Gayle Nelsen

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  • drake

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  • 666

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  • Rabia Kong

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  • Anonymous

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52% Raised of$1,450 Goal

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Fundraiser Title

Adeel Afshar

Amount Raised

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52% Raised of$1,450 Goal

Donor Comments

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $50

Keep up the great work 3 years ago

Rabia Kong

Rabia Kong

DONATION: $25

So proud of you, Adeel! Love you! 3 years ago

666

666

DONATION: $10

i really just wanted to make the total $666 but donating a dollar wasn't an option so 3 years ago

drake

drake

DONATION: $10

when i see potential i just gotta see it through 3 years ago

Gayle Nelsen

Gayle Nelsen

DONATION: $10

Good luck Adeel. 3 years ago

Kdot

Kdot

DONATION: $10

All my life I want money and (solar) power... 3 years ago

Jordan Blake Banks

Jordan Blake Banks

DONATION: $25

3 years ago

Kelly Pecak

Kelly Pecak

DONATION: $50

This is awesome, Adeel! 3 years ago

Justin Betancourt

Justin Betancourt

DONATION: $25

I don't know that many people that are as selfless and enthusiastic as you are. Good job, bro! 3 years ago

Qi

Qi

DONATION: $25

3 years ago