Possible Jayagadh Health Clinic
The loan will be used to install a solar energy system at Jayagadh Health Clinic in the remote far-Western region of Nepal. The solar energy system will be 1.6 kW in size, and will include a battery back-up system to ensure that lights and medical equipment can be run in the evenings. The loan will pay for the upfront costs of the solar energy and battery storage system.
Reliable energy is a critical part of delivering high quality health care. Because of an existing lack of reliable energy at Jayagadh Health Clinic:
- Midwives have to hold flashlights with their mouths to deliver babies at night - and over 120 babies are born at Jayagadh each year. Solar energy will provide adequate lighting.
- The clinic is unable to procure a vaccine refrigerator due to poor electricity supply. With solar energy, they will be able to power a vaccine refrigerator and provide essential vaccines after birth.
- Other simple medical equipment such as oxygen machine and suction machine can prevent complications during childbirth, but without reliable energy, this equipment cannot be used.
- Snakes are sometimes an issue during the rainy season, and without lighting the patients and staff are afraid to go to the clinic at night. Solar powered light will help ensure that people feel safe going to the clinic.
Avishek (pictured), SunFarmer's Director of Engineering - Nepal, has been deeply involved in this project and brings years of experience in providing reliable energy to health clinics, schools, and communities throughout rural Nepal. He will be overseeing ongoing maintenance of the system and loan repayment.
Possible is a leading nonprofit organization, which was named a "Top 1%" charity by Givewell in 2011. Possible is a highly visible and well-known organization in Nepal, where it employees over 160 Nepalis and runs Bayalpata Hospital, a large community hospital that treats over 4,000 patients each month. Possible has operated Bayalpata Hospital since 2007 and has managed to attract support from the local community as well as government stakeholders.
Jayagadh Health Clinic is located in a very remote and hilly area of Nepal. Grid electricity is unavailable for 12 to 20 hours a day, and when it does arrive is often very low voltage. Alternatives such as diesel are highly polluting, expensive, and are often not delivered to such remote areas. Solar is the most cost effective and reliable energy solution for health clinics like Jayagadh.
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Sunfarmer's Solar Loans will be used to install solar systems at hospitals, schools and other instituitions that need access to reliable energy. In addition to facilitating construction, Sunfarmer also provides the monitoring and maintenance support to ensure the system performs over the long term. SunFarmer seeks to prove that financing rural energy projects can be both low risk and high impact – enabling expansion of healthcare, education, and other critical services.
About SunFarmer:SunFarmer is a nonprofit organization that provides high quality solar energy installations with low-cost financing to rural communities that don’t have a reliable source of electricity. According to the World Bank and UN, an estimated 1 billion people use health services without electricity and over 291 million children go to primary schools without access to any electricity. SunFarmer focuses its efforts on healthcare facilities, schools, and other critical infrastructure that are negatively impacted by unreliable or non-existent electricity.
Funding on Kiva goes towards loans offered to community institutions in developing countries that have little or no access to electricity. The funding will allow these institutions to increase their services and improve the health of the low income communities in which they operate.
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