Bradley co-founded WSV as a sustainable approach to international development. With the support of Enactus and the University of Southampton, WSV has developed three main business models that have enabled people with low economic prospects to generate income, whilst providing a service that benefits the community.
SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
Kenya Green Supply (KGS) founded by Kevin Musila and Marielle Fillit in 2013, produces and distributes sustainable solar-powered energy units called GreenKits to Kenyan households unable to connect to the national grid. In 2015, Lighting Africa states 75% of people are not connected to the grid and in rural Kenya it costs 15,000 Kenyan Shillings (KES) ($144.64) or the equivalent of an average month’s wages in Kenya to connect.
Jaan Pakistan was founded two years ago to deliver cheap solar-powered energy kits to rural homes in Pakistan. Over 40% of rural Pakistan is not connected to the national electricity grid. Distributors are reluctant to go into rural areas because it is considered uneconomical due to the low usage rates and high distribution costs. Most households in Pakistan use low-cost biomass fuels for cooking. Women spend up to six hours a day collecting firewood for cooking, time which could be spent more productively.
Bernhard founded SunCycles Namibia two years ago, in order to offer affordable and sustainable e-mobility and electricity via solar-powered electric bicycles. They offer micro financing to allow people to rent and then buy the bikes outright (they pay $1,200 over 24 months). However, people who need to get into the cities would usually have to spend $50 a month on taxis or buy a car for around $5,000 according to Bernhard. They are taught how to maintain it and can charge USB appliances through it. At the moment there are 25 e-bikes in use (some bought outright and some being rented).
Paras runs Project Chirag in India to give a lighting and charging source for households in India, so far they have provided lighting for 10,162 households (50,810 people) across seven states in India. People with hearing and speech impediments have been trained to become technicians, which gives them a stable income. This project also empowers young people by allowing them to take control of every stage of the process, giving them experience in return for their voluntary roles.
Jack is lead coordinator for Afrowatt Express in Zambia. Afrowatts’ mission is to make Africa a place where Africans want to live and can do so in a way which preserves the environment. The aim is to accelerate installation of clean and inexhaustible energy, using solar energy. Afrowatt-Express is a youth-led social enterprise, working across six Sub-Saharan African countries namely: Nigeria, Rwanda, Zambia, Malawi, Kenya and Uganda.
In December 2014 Madis started Smart Load Solutions (SLS) to shift electricity consumption to periods of time when the production of electricity is the cleanest and cheapest (e.g. a lot of solar power in electricity grid). This effect can be done with secondary electrical devices, such as electric heating. The idea is to use a lot of electricity when it comes from renewable sources and heat up the rooms by a degree. Then, when electricity is expensive and being produced by traditional power plants, the heaters can be turned off as the room temperature has already been heated up.
Pakistan is one of the lowest contributors to global greenhouse gas emissions but is among the top ten most vulnerable countries to global warming. As part of Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan Umar Nawazish Ali and his team decided to re-engineer the factory he works in to be clean energy dependent.
In high school, in Kenya, Leroy designed a Human Waste Bioreactor to solve three problems; a rift between the school and its local community, the provision of clean renewable energy for the school’s cooks and poor sanitation in the school. He led a team to compete in Innovate Kenya’s 2013 Innovation challenge, winning $2,000. The money was used to build a prototype Bioreactor which is still in use today to produce biogas.
Abdishakur cofounded SomLite in December 2014 to give people in Somaliland access to cheaper, renewable energy, improving their economic prospects and making communities safer. SomLite has distributed 4,500 solar lanterns and solar home systems to 4,000 households to date, allowing small businesses and school children to work for longer after sunset.