The people of the small community of El Naranjo in Honduras want to take their future into their own hands. There is currently no power supply in their village. The people live from hard field labour without modern tools. Because of economic hardship, families are often compelled to employ their children as workers. Now, the foundation of a solar cooperative should contribute to the personal and economic development of the people of El Naranjo.
The village community asked our partner organisation ACOES for an opportunity whereby they could improve their living conditions themselves.
Together with the inhabitants of El Naranjo, we are establishing a solar workshop. Volunteer workers will maintain, repair and rent solar lamps to the inhabitants at a monthly price much lower than what families often pay for gas lamps. The proceeds from rents will then be used for purposes, which further serve the development of the community.
The solar lamps were constructed by vocational students in Freilassing/Bayern for application in developing countries. Their assembly and maintenance is simple and practical. They will be delivered at the cost price. Since 1997, similar project have been successful in African countries.
The rental system provides the community with a sustainable income source as well as the opportunity to advance infrastructural developments. It enables the people of El Naranjo to decide where the income is invested. It could be used to provide educational opportunities to their children or to acquire agricultural tools. The people who are on location know what is necessary and best for improving their living situation.
Global Humanus and ACOES act only as initiators. The value of turning help into self-help can’t be measured.