Our target communities are the poor in the developing world, who often suffer shortages of basic infrastructure needs. In rural Tanzania, for example, a striking 3% of people have access to electricity (World Bank, 2010). Instead of grids, people rely on time-consuming wood gathering and expensive kerosene, which severely limits educational and entrepreneurial opportunities and causes serious respiratory problems.
Village Innovators proposes a novel solution: homegrown technology development, where everyday people build proven, affordable, reproducible devices where they live. To do this, we invest in people with seed capital and knowledge, the two limiting factors today. This solution is better than what is now being done because it is more affordable, scalable, and sustainable. We trust people with the tools to build their own world.