Smart villages is a new variant of the smart cities framework, but adapted for communities living in extreme poverty. Instead of using sensors to optimize traffic patterns while ensuring pedestrian safety or monitoring infrastructure, the smart villages concept is bringing clean water and basic electricity to people who currently have neither.
Bringing basic electric to a very poor community opens up a world of opportunities. Simply having LED lights for an hour or two at night allows children to obtain an education or young adults to learn a trade and and start a small business. This, in turn, helps to pull the whole community out of poverty. Supplying clean water is even more important than supplying basic electricity. In many extremely poor communities, the water source is tainted or contaminated with bacteria, often causing disease to break out in the village. The simple task of bringing clean water to a community has the tremendous impact of eliminating one of the largest sources of disease.
Worldwide, there are slightly less than 1 billion people living in extreme poverty and 3 billion people who lack these basic necessities. One of the things that is preventing these basic infrastructure items from being brought into communities is conflict. Being able to install an ultra durable power source that can operate for 25 years, maintenance free will allow more communities to obtain their own power generation capabilities.
Approximately 1/3 of the world’s extremely poor live in conflict areas where traditional energy sources simply cannot be used. The extreme durability of our generator allows a community to confidently acquire the equipment, knowing that even if it were hit by a stray bullet, it would remain operational. Let’s bring this life saving technology to those in need around the world.