I love it when two or more problems collide and create a solution, like this brilliant effort to bring biogas to one Samoan village. They’re raising funds and sorely need our help before 28 October 2013. You could make a huge difference. Donate, and spread the word!
One problem is the invasive Merremia vine, strangling croplands and trees. Another problem is the extremely high cost of electricity which means using open fires for cooking and lighting. That carries a high health cost.
So, when you have Merremia vine, why not make biogas?
How much of a difference will this programme really make?
A huge difference. For Piu Village the days of cooking daily meals over dirty open fires will be over — no more collecting firewood, no more smoke in the eyes and lungs. For the mothers of Piu Village this will give them more time with their children, with quick, clean cooking facilities right in their homes. Adjustable gas stoves will allow for more options for meals. No longer will households have to go without evening lighting due to the fear of an unaffordable power bill — the biogas lights will provide free illumination. And they can get rid of some of that invasive Merremia vine that has covered croplands and trees!
While Piu is just a small village, by showcasing these energy solutions there, this opens the door to larger programmes getting going in Samoa and other Pacific Islands with the support of international development assistance donors and philanthropic foundations.
A clean and cheap source of energy means better health for all, better education for the kids who can read and do homework even when it’s dark, more time for work and leisure beyond cooking, and a real incentive to cut down the invasive weed strangling the crops.