SunCulture's founders, Charles Nichols and Samir Ibrahim, started SunCulture by borrowing money from friends and family. Now their irrigation are changing farmers' lives. Find out more about their business, vision and philosophy in this Q&A with How We Made It in Africa.
Combining VIA's solar solar-powered mills with access to microfinance means women need to do less manual labor, have more time for income-generating activities, and have the opportunity to earn the money needed to pay for the solar-powered mills with the goods they produce.
Futurepump's solar irrigation pumps lift farmers out of poverty, encourage the development of businesses and increase access to education for children. Working with funders like Poverty Alleviation Fund makes this technology more accessible, and these life-changing opportunities more possible.
The Futurepump SF1 solar pump is helping women in Nepal turn fallow farmland into profitable farm businesses. Rather than spend their days manually hauling water, they can easily irrigate all available farmland, enabling them to cultivate high-value crops during the winter and the dry season.
Promethean Power Systems has been selected to partner with USAID's Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation program. This will enable Promethean Power Systems to extend their milk chilling technology to farmers in Bangladesh, continuing the work they began in India through Powering Agriculture.
Looking to offer his wife some relief from the Indian heat, Promethean Power Systems co-founder, Sam White, developed the Nano-Ice Cooling Necklace with some of the cooling balls left over from his cooling system. The necklace not only kept her cool, it provides relief to MS and cancer patients.
SunCulture is one of this year's Microsoft Affordable Access Initiative (AAI) grant winners! Working with Microsoft, SunCulture plans to build a digital platform for farmers that will provide data on crops that's been collected from connected sensors and cameras in the field.
In six years, Claro Energy has installed over 3000 off-grid solar pump systems in over eleven states across India, making them one of the front runners in the solar industry today. Their success means that 12,000 more acres of land is under irrigation, which has improved the lives of 100,000 people.
Promethean Power Systems and BRAC are working together to help dairy farmers in Bangladesh get fresh milk to market much faster. BRAC recently bought 19 additional Rapid Milk Chillers, which will make even more urban markets available to farmers, all while operating both profitably and sustainably.
Bangladesh's dairy industry has been identified as their next "thrust sector". Promethean Power's chiller is an example of how increasing efficiency, decreasing spoilage, and helping farmers make a better living through technology is making milk available to more people and creating more jobs.
Futurepump has won the 2017 International Ashden Award for Sustainable Energy and Water! They were recognized for their solar irrigation pump. This pump is cleaner and more sustainable than diesel pumps, frees farmers from hours of labor, and allows them to grow more crops throughout the year.