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Re: [holistichelping] Re: [learningfromeachother] DIY Solar eNotice - Patrick in Kenya

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  • Pamela McLean
    Hi Janet Yes Graham and I have known each other for some years. I took DIY starter kits to David Mutua and to John Dada. (We tended to call it Pocket Solar
    Message 1 of 3 , Oct 1, 2007
      Hi Janet

      Yes Graham and I have known each other for some years.

      I took DIY starter kits to David Mutua and to John Dada. (We tended to call it Pocket Solar rather than DIY solar - as we were interested in people assembling for sale rather than personal use. However my impression is that although people in Nigeria  learned about assembly I don't think there was any progress of developing  a business model, partly because there were not enough samples for any serious market research.) I also met Anna Pearce through Graham, and took her book about Wilberforce and the street children and the Anahat  cooker to David as well, which started our interest in solar cooking.

      David knows the details. A considerable amount of time was put in and useful lessons learned, but no breakthroughs on practical implementation as far as I know. 


      On 30/09/2007, Janet Feldman <kaippg@...> wrote:

      Dear Pam and All,

      Excellent reference, and I wanted to point out that the Kibera Community Youth Programme (KCYP)
      has been working with Graham and DIY for some time, on the fabrication of solar panels for income-
      generation. They may know something abt Patrick, and in any case! For more on their program, which is
      a wonderful example and model--which TT Kenya could learn something from--see www.kcyp.net, and contact
      Fred Ouko at kcyp2000@....

      Interestingly, during one of the Global Learn Day events I helped to organize a few years ago,
      we were able to speak with Fred directly, and Andrius too was in on that conversation!

      You have a link with Graham and DIY, do you not? I thought I'd say that I've had some experience
      with him myself, as he asked if I could help with the import issues related to the panels. I
      could not in a direct way in the end, though I gave it a go. It was an illuminating conversation,
      and there is much to learn. Jeff of OVF also has had a similar connection.

      I have just subscribed to the TT Kenya group, though not in time for this posting. However, I will
      include it in one I'll do when I am subscribed, this about a conversation that Krishna Alluri of COL
      has had with the GRASSUP partners today. David's message to me regarding networking for TT Kenya is
      therefore timely, and I hope we can work together more closely in this capacity!

      With greatest thanks and all best wishes, Janet

      -----Original Message-----
      >From: Pamela McLean <pam@...>
      >Sent: Sep 30, 2007 6:11 PM
      >To: CawdTeachersTalking@yahoogroups.com, learningfromeachother < learningfromeachother@yahoogroups.com>
      >Subject: [learningfromeachother] DIY Solar eNotice - Patrick in Kenya
      >I am also sending this to LFEO - perhaps we can learn from what Patrick
      >is doing.
      >Hello TT Kenya
      >Last Friday, during our chat, Serena mentioned DIY solar, solar power
      >and someone in Kenya called Patrick. You were interested. I think this
      >is the reference.
      >Go to the section called *Patrick's Internet Connection for more
      >details. Then y*ou could email him to find out more. Patrick Bunyali
      >Kamoyani <pbkamoyani@... <mailto: pbkamoyani@...>>
      >If you do follow this up please let me know.
      >-------- Original Message --------
      >Subject: Fw: DIY Solar eNotice 28.9.07
      >Date: Fri, 28 Sep 2007 10:23:36 +0100
      >From: Graham <DIYSolar@...>
      >To: <Undisclosed-Recipient:;>
      >*New Solar Cooker - Business Loans - Your World Bank Project? - Internet
      >without phone - Ordering DIY Solar -*
      >We have been working on a simplified design of the Cookit Solar Cooker.
      >The idea is that anyone can make a former with the correct shape and
      >then use it to make cut-out cardboard cookers to be foil covered.
      >Ask and you will be sent a pdf with full details.
      >It is easier to make than the cone cooker but might take longer to cook
      >a meal.
      >A search for peer-to-peer giving has revealed that this is only just
      >starting in a few developing countries
      >If you are a respectable NGO then you might get a repayable donation.
      >If very small and unrecognised your only chance for financial help is in
      >the form of a loan carrying high interest.
      >See www.globalgiving.com <http://www.globalgiving.com>
      >If you visit
      > http://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/OPPORTUNITIES/GRANTS/DEVMARKETPLACE/0,,contentMDK:20215433~menuPK:454258~pagePK:180691~piPK:174492~theSitePK:205098,00.html
      >< http://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/OPPORTUNITIES/GRANTS/DEVMARKETPLACE/0,,contentMDK:20215433%7EmenuPK:454258%7EpagePK:180691%7EpiPK:174492%7EtheSitePK:205098,00.html>
      >you will find details of previously funded small projects.
      >Perhaps you could join with an NGO already registered and organise a
      >large DIY Solar project and so get funding?
      >*DIY Solar Orders*
      >*Please get a proforma invoice from us before sending any payment and
      >then email us when you send a transfer etc so we can knoe it has arrived!*
      >*Patrick's Internet Connection*
      >The following email has been received from Patrick in Kenya. We have
      >told him about DIY pv panels. Perhaps you could do something similar?
      >*He does not really need an expensive inverter. Most devices work on dc
      >including PCs.*
      >Patrick Bunyali Kamoyani, P.O Box 16 – Vihiga 50310 Kenya
      >Dear Sir
      >I come from a village where living conditions are very limited. These
      >difficult conditions have made me try to search for alternatives using
      >the little resource at hand. I come from Ingidi Village in Maragoli,
      >Western Province of Kenya. This rural village has no electricity, no
      >piped water, and no landline telephone, neither do we have tarmac roads.
      >I don't come from a rich family, we don't have a modern home with
      >gigantic satellite dishes, electric power posts or telephone line cables
      >crossing by. The point I am driving at is that:- 'You do not necessarily
      >need to be a millionaire to get in touch with the rest of the world'.
      >With whatever little resources, you can bring hope to the less fortune.
      >To start with, my electric power supply is a motor vehicle battery
      >connected to an inverter. The inverter steps up the 12volts to 240volts,
      >an equivalent of a mains supply! I then connect a multiplug to the
      >inverter so that my laptop, printer and mobile phone can get power. The
      >battery drains off after about 4 or 5 days. I then get it charged at the
      >nearby shopping centre and the cycle continues. I hope that one day I
      >will get a solar panel.
      >We are lucky that local mobile phone service providers have coverage at
      >my rural village. I do not require a satellite dish or landline
      >telephone to set up my Internet connection. I simply use a dial up
      >connection between my mobile phone and Laptop. I use Bluetooth
      >technology and occasionally infrared. Bluetooth technology allows me to
      >connect the mobile phone to a computer up to 10metres away. The
      >bluetooth technology communicates using radiowaves, therefore the phone
      >does not need to be in direct line of sight. But with infrared, the
      >phone should point towards the infrared window of the laptop and not
      >more than 1metre.
      >The Internet access is achieved by use of GPRS connection. The
      >configurations from the ISP (my mobile phone service provider) are
      >freely obtained from their sales office. You simply go to the control
      >panel and access the Internet connections to configure the settings.
      >I am a prepaid customer to the mobile phone service provider. I buy
      >scratch cards to get air time. The charges for packet data transmission
      >are low. For example only Kshs.12 per Mb. I can browse the Internet, get
      >information, attach my translated work and download more work for less
      >than Kshs. 100. Previously I had to travel to town (Kisumu) some 35km
      >away in search for Internet service. Transport to and from Kisumu would
      >cost me Kshs. 200, the cybercafés were slow and charges are per minute.
      >Every visit to a cybercafé would cost me Kshs.150 or even more depending
      >on work that I downloaded or attached. Kshs. 150 for lunch or snack
      >while away. If for instance I went to Kisumu three times in a week, I
      >would require Kshs 500 per visit, i.e Kshs. 1,500. In a month kshs. 6000.
      >I am proud that I have solved the Internet costs. I have saved time and
      >money Now with Kshs.1,000 I can comfortably enjoy the internet for a
      >full month! also send text messages and make calls within that budget.
      >I wish you all the best as you grapple to bring hope to the world.
      >Patrick Bunyali Kamoyani <pbkamoyani@...
      >*Other Organisations*
      >If you can use the Internet go to www.afford-uk.org
      ><http://www.afford-uk.org/> and you will a list of organisations in
      >different countries that might be useful
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