Bringing solar powered light to India's urban poor

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Project visual Bringing solar powered light to India's urban poor
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Bringing solar powered light to India's urban poor

<p> <u><strong>NEW OBJECTIVE: 200% (10.000 EUR)</strong></u></p> <p>  </p> <p> <strong>Thanks so much</strong> for your support, contribution and kind words! Thanks to your overwhelming enthusiasm for the project, the initial objective has now been reached and I am now officially able to participate in lighting up the lifes of many of India's poor.</p> <p>  </p> <p> <strong>But it's too soon to stop supporting</strong>! Given the enthusiasm around the campaign I have decided to set a <strong>new objective to reach 10.000€. Together we can make a real difference!</strong> </p> <p>  </p> <p> For the extra 5.000€ the allocation will be the same as previously described, <strong>i.e. 3.500€ (or 70% should I not reach the new objective) will go directly to Pollinate Energy, and will help us set up a new city even faster</strong>. The remaining €1.500 (or 30% should I not reach the new objective) will go indirectly to Pollinate Energy, covering the costs of running this campaign, other parts of my living expenses on the ground and the costs of vaccination before leaving. As a reminder, the total set up budget for each new city is c. 35.000€.   </p> <p>  </p> <p> <strong>Thanks again, we count on you!</strong>  </p> <p>  </p> <p> <strong>-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------</strong></p> <p>  </p> <p> <strong>My Campaign Goal is to raise funds for Pollinate Energy. Their mission is to improve the lives of India’s urban poor by giving them access to sustainable life-changing products.</strong></p> <p>  </p> <p>  </p> <p> <em><strong>MY MISSION</strong></em></p> <p>  </p> <p> I’ve decided to spend 12 months volunteering in India for a <strong>Not-For-Profit Social Business </strong>– <a href="">Pollinate Energy</a> – that brings solar powered lights and other life changing products to India’s urban poor communities that have no access to electricity and clean water.</p> <p>  </p> <p> <strong>My assignment is to help Pollinate Energy expand and scale up their operations to another major city in India. </strong>Starting with the building of a Business Plan to determine which city is best suited for Pollinate Energy's business model, I will then be responsible for starting up the business in a new city with another city co-founder. There I will do everything from finding and setting up headquarters to recruiting, managing and training Pollinators, organizing the volunteering programs, developing partnerships with local organizations, managing operations, finance and HR, and building the customer base.</p> <p>  </p> <p> This is an incredible opportunity to <strong>take my experience and use it to contribute to a small yet fast growing social enterprise, also backed by United-Nations</strong>, pursuing a social and environmental mission. In my various positions at ING I have perfected my commercial skills and I gained strong insights into the management of a business unit in a highly professional environment. As a coach for the Ashoka Impact Program I helped small social entrepreneurs start or develop their business in Belgium. I will use these skills and experience to help Pollinate Energy expand their operations to another city.</p> <p>  </p> <p> <img src=""></p> <p>  </p> <p> <em><strong>THE IMPACT</strong></em></p> <p>  </p> <p> Millions of Indians live without electricity, many of them in urban slums. The polluting and toxic fumes from the <strong>kerosene lamps</strong> many families depend on are the second cause of mortality of children and women in India. In addition, buying the costly fuel to power the lamps eats up a significant percentage of their humble incomes.</p> <p>  </p> <p> Kerosene lamps produce a very weak source of light; the children cannot do their homework after the sun sets and parents are limited to the most basic tasks which lowers their productivity and possibilities of generating income.</p> <p>  </p> <p> <strong>Better health, lower costs and increased productivity</strong> all help create much improved living conditions which constitutes a critical stepping-stone for people to get out of <a href="">energy poverty</a>.</p> <p>  </p> <p> <img src=""></p> <p>  </p> <p> <em><strong>ACHIEVEMENTS SO FAR</strong></em></p> <p>  </p> <p> - More than 33,200 people living in Bangalore’s slum communities have been provided with solar systems.</p> <p> - Transitioning from kerosene to solar lamps, has saved more than 400,000 litres of kerosene and 960,000 kilograms of carbon emissions to date.</p> <p>  </p> <p> Here's a link to <a href="" target="_blank">Pollinate Energy's Impact Assessment report</a> to find out more.</p> <p>  </p>

Allocation of funds

<p> <em><strong>SUPPORT ME - HELP ME RAISE €5,000</strong></em></p> <p>  </p> <p> Before I leave for India on March 24th, 2015, I’ve set myself the objective of <strong>fundraising €5,000</strong>. These funds will go to Pollinate Energy’s Programs to <strong>reach out to new communities</strong> and equip them with these sustainable and life changing products as well as to cover basic living expenses on the ground and flights. The fundraising target needed for each city is equivalent to €35,000, of which I will be contributing €3,500 thanks to you. This will directly help us set up operations in another city in India, which will be <strong>financially self-sustainable</strong> after 12-13 months, thanks to the revenue from the sale of products. The remaining €1,500 will cover my flights, part of my living expenses on the ground and costs of running this campaign.</p> <p>  </p> <p> <img alt="Income-1422956055" src=""></p> <p>  </p> <p> <img alt="Expenses-1422956065" src=""></p> <p>  </p> <p> Your donations will also contribute to on the ground research in the communities to better understand their needs and therefore help define the most suited distribution strategy and develop new products to help improve the lives and health of India’s urban poor. Pollinate Energy is currently operating in <strong>Bangalore and Hyderabad</strong>, however with 390 million people in India without access to electricity there is an urgent need to reach out to other major Indian cities which have a high concentration of Urban poor communities.</p> <p>  </p> <p> <img src=""></p> <p>  </p> <p> <em><strong>THE AMBITION</strong></em></p> <p>  </p> <p> By the end of 2015, Pollinate Energy plans to operate in three or four Indian cities, providing sustainable, clean energy to more than 100,000 people living in urban poverty.</p> <p>  </p> <p> With access to adequate resources, Pollinate Energy has the potential to operate across 50 major Indian cities, servicing a total of around 35,000 communities. Pollinate Energy’s model could also be replicated outside of India, both in urban and rural areas and in refugee and emergency rehabilitation facilities.</p> <p>  </p> <p> <strong>Thank you very much for taking the time to read.</strong></p> <p>  </p> <p> <strong>Please support the cause, Donate. Or at least share my campaign on your favorite social network :-)</strong></p> <p>  </p> <p>  </p> <p> <img src=""></p> <p>  </p> <p>  </p>



  • 7 contributions
Thank you so much for your support! You're supporting a great cause.

Estimated delivery: March 2015


  • 22 contributions
Share my experience through my blog! Full and exclusive access to my private blog, with photos, stories and updates of my experience in India! I promise you funny anecdotes, philosophical essays on various topics such as life, the universe, India, elephants, etc., and lots of pictures!

Estimated delivery: April 2015


  • 21 contributions
Thank you postcard from India. Receive the above (blog access) plus I will send you a personalised thank you postcard from India with my first impressions and progress so far. I will even make an effort with my handwriting, I promise!

Estimated delivery: August 2015


  • 25 contributions
Indian spices and teas. Receive all of the above (blog and postcard) plus I will send you an authentic selection of Indian spices and tea leaves that I will carefully select myself at one of the beautiful Indian markets. Imagine your house being filled with the aromas of Curry, Cardamom, or Curcuma, or waking up on a lazy Sunday with the most emblematic Indian teas: Assam, Nilgiri or the champagne of teas, Darjeeling tea... Special requests are welcome!

Estimated delivery: December 2015


  • 23 contributions
Light up a Pollinator! Receive all of the above (blog, postcard, spices & teas), plus your contribution will sponsor and light up the life of a Pollinator, one of the local micro-business owners! Thanks to your contribution, the Pollinator will have a stable job where he/she will learn how to manage their own mini-franchise. I will send you a picture of your pollinator at work making a difference at Pollinate Energy.

Estimated delivery: January 2016


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Limited edition sculpture. Receive all of the above (blog, postcard, spices & teas and lighting up a Pollinator), plus receive this limited edition sculpture by Isabelle de Bellefroid, a renowned Belgian artist. Click on the picture to see it in full; the sculpture is 26cm high. This sculpture, named "Hope" is the official symbol of my campaign and represents the hope of children in India. Check out more of the artist’s work at or .

Estimated delivery: June 2015

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