BENEFITING: Saha Global
Currently in Ghana twenty-eight percent of the 25 million residents lack easy access to electricity.Individuals in these rural communities often possess small electronic devices. In order to charge these devices, individuals must often travel great distances to the city of Tamale or farther to the city of Accra. Furthermore, the main source of lighting for the people of these communities is kerosene lighting. Long term exposure of their lungs to the chemicals released from burning kerosene lamps can result in very serious respiratory problems.
In order to eliminate both these problems in the lives of the community members, my team and I will be working with the mentorship of SAHA Global to implement a Solar Power business in rural Ghana. In order to start such a Business, my team members and I will be working through every element of the business startup process. First, we must raise all of the funds necessary to start the business on our own. We intended to accomplish this through a dedicated fundraising campaign throughout the past few months.
Shortly after completing our fundraising, we will be leaving to Africa to start the solar business. Over a three week period, we will construct the Solar Power Business and teach the leaders of the community how to operate the equipment. At the same time, we will be distributing electric lamps to the community that run on rechargeable batteries that can be provided by the solar Business. When we complete our work In Ghana, we will leave the operation of the business in the hands of the community leaders. Ultimately the continued operation of the solar business will allow the residents of the community to travel a few footsteps to charge their electronic devices rather than a mile. In addition, the electric lamps that we will provide for the community will eliminate their exposure to the harmful chemicals released from the burning of kerosene lamps.
In addition to the exceptional resources we will be providing the people of the community, myself and the other fellows will be learning a tremendous amount over this time. The skills that I gain from my work in Africa will ultimately be used to help me start my own venture. Being someone who has lived with Alopecia Areata for several years now, I know how difficult it can be on individuals who have this disease or those who have been just diagnosed. Therefore, I hope to start an organization that helps people with similar diseases reach out and connect with others who face similar problems. By starting such an organization I hope that we can increase awareness of our disease and provide support for individuals who often feel that they are alone in their endeavors. If the platform is successful, I hope to expand the organization to help many other debilitating diseases that do not currently have cures. Sincerely -Trey