BENEFITING: Saha Global
Hello friends and family! I am writing to you about an exciting program I was recently accepted to this summer called Saha Global. I will be partnering with women in rural communities in Ghana to help establish solar business that provide electricity for the community.
About Saha Global: Saha Global is a non-profit organization that partners with rural communities in developing countries to establish sustainable social businesses that provide basic services, like water and electricity. These businesses are owned and operated by women in the communities they serve, and use simple, affordable technologies. The maintenance and operation of these businesses is funded by revenue from the business sales, while the capital necessary to establish them is generated from fundraising activities. All businesses implemented by Saha Global to date are currently in operation, providing necessary clean water and electricity to residents and providing a small income for the women who run them. (Read more: http://sahaglobal.org/opportunities-abroad/global-leadership-program/)
My role: This June I will be working in Northern Ghana with three other Field Representatives to set up a solar business in a village currently lacking access to electricity. We will introduce the solar business model and teach women the technical process of setting up solar panels. Once set up, this business will provide a permanent source of electricity for the entire community. I will be able to verify that the community I’m working with is benefiting directly from the business, and that it’s set up in a sustainable and lasting way.
Why I am asking for donations: The capital necessary to establish these businesses is generated through fundraising, and as a Field Representative, I’m responsible for raising a portion of that. The funds I raise will go directly towards starting the solar business my teammates and I will be establishing, and ensuring that it keeps running after we leave. My ultimate fundraising goal is $3,000.
Why this cause is so important: 30% of the population in the region of Ghana I will be working in does not have access to electricity. Without electricity, most members of the community use kerosene lamps, which can be very dangerous. They are very inefficient, they often start fires, and the soot they produce causes respiratory infections that are the leading cause of death in Tamale communities. Members of the community with cell phones have no way of charging them, and will often travel over two hours into town and pay strangers to charge their phones, which is both pricy and time consuming.
Saha Global has already established 8 solar businesses, providing electricity for 3,704 people. 100% of these businesses are currently in operation today, and there is a full time staff monitoring the businesses all year round.
This summer, my teammates and I will be establishing yet another solar business by training community-appointed women to build and run a solar-powered charging center. Entrepreneurs will rent charged batteries for a nominal fee to their friends and neighbors. They will also be able to charge small electronics, like cell phones, for a fee.
Important note for donors: Saha is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, so all donations are tax-deductible. Crowdrise will automatically send you a receipt for any donations.
Thank you very much for your time and help. Any donation is greatly appreciated!