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Government groups have been trying to send electricity to the poorest and most remote parts of the world through millions of pounds.
Dollar donations and large donationsscale projects. A small start-
The up company, which is headquartered on the southeastern coast of Africa, is pursuing what it sees as a different strategy: the market --
Local villagers sell humble solar panels and focus on small solar panels.
Scale, personal electricity.
ToughStuff was founded in 2008 by Andrew Tanghe and Adriaan Moore-
Two entrepreneurs hoping to help low
Income families in the developing world.
In order to avoid the inefficiency and limitations of traditional aid organizations, they decided to monetize the process.
\"If we\'re going to reach a lot of people,\" said Nick Sorden, the company\'s director of business development in the United States, \"We need to do that in terms of business.
If we take the NGO route, we will go down forever. ”Mr.
Sorden also said that when people pay for the product, they value the product more, and the company never needs to wait for a grant.
\"The most important thing is ,\"
\"We are forced to provide the products that people really need,\" Sorden said.
Otherwise we will close down.
We will never subsidize our products.
Nevertheless, the customer of the ToughStuff product is very poor --
Most people live on less than a dollar a day.
The company needs creativity to succeed.
The primary product is 1-watt, thin-
Flexible waterproof thin film solar panels, about a piece of paper in size.
It has no glass and is almost an indestructible part.
Almost no maintenance.
Exist, simple and intuitive operation.
The panel itself costs less than $15, taking into account the expenses that villagers usually spend on kerosene, batteries and generators, \"for ordinary people in the developing world, the return period is only about 12 weeks, \"he said. Sowden said.
Earlier this year, ToughStuff launched its panels in Madagascar, which villagers are using to light up small rooms, power the radio and charge their phones. Previously, Mr.
\"Most people either steal electricity or go 10 miles to the nearest town to get electricity,\" Sorden said.
\"In Africa, mobile phones are increasingly becoming an important tool for bringing crops to market, access to microfinance and enhanced health care.
Pilot projects are under way in 26 other countries,
Plans to do mass marketing in East Africa later this year.
While solar panels are the focus of the moment,
\"The biggest length,\" Sorden said.
The long-term value we will bring is to build a distribution network.
\"ToughStuff employs local staff to sell its products, which gives the company a wide range of influence in rural areas.
The salesperson earns 30% profit on each panel of the sale.
\"It\'s not difficult to design new products . \"Sowden said.
\"It puts this product in the hands of people who need it --
This is the difficult part.
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Gonvernmental has been trying to deliver electricity to the poorest and most remote parts of the world through millions of pounds.
Dollar donations and large donationsscale projects.
\"Any honest analysis shows that this is just a claim made by institutions such as the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank-to see their real agenda, ignore these remarks and look at the funds: 1)
Chad Cameroon pipeline for oil extraction from Chad (
Right next to the oil base in Darfur)?
The World Bank has invested $4 billion on behalf of Exxon, who has given political cover when dumping toxic drilling waste in Chad-no, the project has not led to peace and prosperity in the region-on the contrary. 2)
The \"light Africa\" initiative to bring cheap lighting to African villagers?
The World Bank took out $11 million-a flash in the pan and disappeared-$400 --
The difference in funds is twice that of fossil fuels and natural gas.
Renewable energy financing of the World Bank.
So, these projects are to improve the standard of living, which is not true at all.
Over and over again, we have seen the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund dump billions of dollars on fossil fuel extraction projects around the world, mainly because it seems to be providing political cover for oil companies.
For example, look at Chevron-
Texaco\'s operation in Ecuador\'s Amazon is almost the same as Exxon\'s operation in Chad (
Similar pollution scale)
Or the current Tok-Carter/Luke scandal in Britain and Ivory Coast.
The problem with TRAK is the Ecuadorian.
Typical cases involving massive environmental pollution are covered up by the return of corrupt dictators-they hired a dirty law firm, Carter --
Luke, in order for the British government to review the story on behalf of Tok-the plot is very bad-now everyone knows the names of Tok and Carter --
They are criminal polluters.
So while Africa\'s low-cost solar technology is absolutely needed, especially in agriculture, don\'t pretend it\'s an agenda for western governments or Saudi donors to the IMF.
Last time, AmericaS.
The massive Rural Electrified Project was the first time when the FDR took power to the southern countryside when it came to power-something the big Sam insulated power company refused to do, because they thought it would be unprofitable-people who sell lighting oil to poor Southerners are also not happy about it.
In other words, big-
The World Bank\'s support for fossil fuels creates an inevitable conflictof-
Interest in financing renewable energy projects-after all, this will certainly reduce global fossil fuel demand, thereby reducing the profitability of fossil fuels.
This is the real dynamic here. P. S.
Here is the details of Trafigura, the WikiLeaks website: \"Update October 15, 2009:\" Minton report \"exposes the dumping of toxic waste that has been hospitalized for thousands of people.
Since the release of a secret ban on British media in September 11, 2009, British media have been banned from citing the report and its contents.
The report entrustment the UK law firm trhoff Waterson & Hicks to possibly ask the client-
If the lawyer\'s privilege is compromised
The customer and dump is \"Trafigura\", a huge number
National oil and commodities traders.
The report assesses the toxic dumping incidents involving took and Ivory Coast, which may be the most guilty mass pollution incidents since Bhopal.