Our end users are in parts of the world where the electrical infrastructure is unreliable or nonexistent.
- India has one of the highest populations yet it is suffering a serious electricity shortage
- 63% of rural Indian households still do not have access to electricity
- Rural households often experience as many as 10-15 blackouts or brownouts daily
- Rural Africans spend 54% of their salary for kerosene lighting alone
- Africa is one-sixth of the world population but only produces 4% of the electricity
- One third of on-grid households experience frequent blackouts due to electricity scarcity
For the purpose of our initial project, we plan to focus on a rural group in Uganda.
"Electronic waste (e-waste) now makes up five percent of all municipal solid waste worldwide, nearly the same amount as all plastic packaging, but it is much more hazardous. Not only developed countries generate e-waste; Asia discards an estimated 12 million tons each year.
E-waste is now the fastest growing component of the municipal solid waste stream because people are upgrading their mobile phones, computers, televisions, audio equipment and printers more frequently than ever before. Mobile phones and computers are causing the biggest problem because they are replaced most often." - Greenpeace
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