Deliver a scalable solar power hub to Burkina Faso Africa, increasing production by 10 to 20 times for The Women's Cooperative. Access to energy will improve the overall well-being of the community.
In Burkina Faso, 97% of rural Burkinabes are not connected to the power grid and 90% still use biomass (firewood or charcoal) as their main energy source. A main source of income for families is the production of Shea Butter hand milled from the Shea Tree nuts harvested by the local women’s cooperative. Bringing power to this region would increase production 10 to 20 times and significantly improve the economic and social well-being of the people.
The intent of the project is to support The Stongest Oak Foundation based in Calgary Alberta to develop and deploy a portable solar power system for off-grid communities. This solar hub will support diverse revenue streams – electrical / milling tariffs, wi-fi hotspot commissions. A commercial model is necessary to sustain/maintain the power system and scale up the power system as demand increases. Potential 10-year payback on capital.
Sougrinooma (The Women’s Coop) is the Beneficiary, and 100% title will be transferred to them June 30, 2019. Expected revenue will be generated from Shea production, flour milling, WIFI hotspot and cellphone charging. The plan also calls for creating a sales kiosk for small energy related products. A power hub will also support communication, education, local economy and general well-being.