Getting in touch.

Getting in touch.

We’re out of touch with the world around us. Let’s bring light to the darkness of what we don’t know, but we should know.

Vulnerable and marginalized families currently subsist with less than $4 per day; many even living off less than $2. This cost for subsistence proceeds to meals, possible transportation, school fees, and potential medical needs in a most basic situation. Basic household lanterns cost approximately $12 which puts accessibility out of reach for a major population of poor households. Accessibility to lanterns is more than a new source of light; it’s an opportunity for an after-hours business, less expenditures on unsustainable kerosene, and catch-up development for poor villages in a developing nation in an equality disparaging world.

The problem:

“Obstacles for Off Grid Energy Technologies and Services: Both the affordability and the availability were seen as major problems … Generally, the availability of micro-finance schemes for energy technologies in rural areas is limited. If accessible, the costs for such financing are very high (typically at rates as high as 25% per month). Large parts of the country have almost no access to institutional micro-finance services and must rely largely on moneylenders, suppliers, family and friends for short-term seasonal loans. There are no secure liquid savings options available to these households, which would enable them to build assets over time.Existing micro-finance institutions often have a narrow credit product line, limited experience in rural markets and a lack of access to best practice information and technical tools. In addition, marketing and maintenance structure for energy technology devices in rural areas are weak. Almost all retailers are established in the big cities with no outlets in rural communities. Thus, clients have to travel to cities to purchase energy devices and for repair orders, which is difficult for most rural families. Establishing rural outlets is not considered to be profitable due to the high costs for transportation and mobilization, the dispersed nature of the populations and the low income and low demand of the local population."
 
Uganda Energy Situation, energypedia.info/wiki/Uganda_Energy_Situation.
[What this means: Affordability and availability are terms too well used in development, and too well ignored. We need to bring affordability and availability to the forefront, consciously providing development tools in practical access is absolutely key for sustained development. Not simply creating the resource but providing it at an accessible level for the poorest of families is fundamental.]
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Energy dependence:

“In Uganda,
 
“only about 8% of the rural population has access to the national grid, and for those that do have it, average consumption is very low (<30 kWh/month) – likely due to low affordability of service. Furthermore, new connections are typically quite high at about $200 per connection.
[In perspective: A household of five who subsists with under $2 per day would have to save on meals, transport, school fees, and forbid any basic medical expenses for a minimum of 200 days if $1 per day was able to be spared in order to afford a new connection. The heightened objectivity of any practicality to do this means that development realized by the people needs a spark from others in order to turn around such an entrenched situation of poverty.] 

“The government of Uganda seeks to increase energy access 

“Seeking to improve access to modern energy services for their population, the Government of Uganda has spelled out a number of targets and policies to help achieve this goal. Several of these plans include a provision for renewable and off-grid sources. 

“Under the Rural Electrification Strategy and Plan (RESP) (2013-2022), the Government of Uganda has set a target to increase rural electricity access to 22% by 2022 through a mix of grid and off-grid services. Furthermore, in their 2016/17 National Budget the Government of Uganda declared that producers of solar, wind and geothermal energy will be allowed relief on VAT incurred on their business inputs, in order to reduce the cost of production of alternative sources of energy.
 
“Uganda.” Lighting Africa, Dec. 2018, www.lightingafrica.org/country/uganda/.
[Let’s break it down: The Ugandan government not just understands the importance of sustainable energy but has goals and targets to hit in order to bring electricity to its people. The only issue is source. Who will be able to help provide energy as a tool for development in a country where people are yearning for prosperity, but are stuck building the first rungs of the ladder out of poverty?] 
CAN IT BE AS SIMPLE AS ONE GARMENT = ONE LANTERN?
It is that simple.
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Solutions:

The goal is more than a tee, our full-circle approach is about:
Providing garments that are made in 100% eco-friendly production to reduce on your carbon footprint and provide climate/earth/humanity conscious apparel;
 
Supporting other countries in their goals to provide for marginalized families and to develop within their borders which helps the whole world vision;
 
Bringing the world together, to develop together.
 
Sharing is massive, your support and sharing of the One Garment = One Lantern initiative brings the world that much closer to a sustainable future. Your one sustainable tee is a sustainable solar lantern -for an entire household- to foster sustainable country development (reaching that 22% by 2022) for a world who is truly in need of change. Your impact is global!!
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