- Provide reliable access to electricity for rural and remote households.
- Shift from uneconomical and unsustainable fuels (kerosene, diesel and wood) to modern, efficient, renewable local energy sources.
- Contribute to women’s empowerment through reduced work care burden and increased household income.
- Economic development
- Women's economic empowerment
- Agriculture / agribusiness
- Partner contribution: $710,000
- DFAT contribution: $500,000
- Total funding: $1,210,000
This initiative promotes gender equality by:
- Promoting women’s economic empowerment through the operation of solar agro-processing facilities.
- Reducing women’s manual labour and time burden.
- Enhancing women’s productivity and income.
This initiative contributes to women’s empowerment though educating women in the use and understanding of latest energy technologies, and by increasing the number of women operating mills. Women will operate at least 50 per cent of the solar agro-processing power stations, enhancing their status in the village and gaining improved access to productive infrastructure.
Manual agro-processing is mostly done by women and is a very labour and time-intensive activity. Solar-powered mills relieve women from manual work, saving time that can be used in income-generating activities, family caring, socialising, or other activity of their choice. Expenditure on fossil fuels and transport to and from mills will also be reduced. Solar-powered mills also reduce some of the physical burden for women, as well as the fire hazards and some pollution inside households.
This partnership creates shared value by reconceiving products and markets.
The initiative will provide solar electricity services for 3,000 households in 60 villages in Vanuatu.
The first key benefit is cost savings to electricity consumers through the elimination of kerosene lamps and reduced diesel fuel usage.
The second key benefit is the reduction of labour time, particularly for women. In turn, VIA expands its electricity supply business in Vanuatu, building market share and earning income from electricity user fees.
The initiative also supports the creation of 100 micro-entrepreneurs to operate the solar mills. There will be environmental benefits resulting from the shift from fossil-fuels to renewables.
What is shared value?
Shared value is defined as policies and practices that enhance the competitiveness of companies while improving social and environmental conditions in the regions where they operate. To qualify as shared value, there must be an identifiable economic benefit to the company as well as measurable impact on a social or environmental issue.
The BPP is helping businesses partner with the Australian aid program in achieving shared value – advancing both social and economic objectives. These partnerships are primarily being created in one or more of the following ways:
- Reconceiving products and markets
- Redefining productivity in the value chain
- Enabling local cluster development
Village Infrastructure Angels (VIA)
Village Infrastructure Angels (VIA) is a consulting and project management company that primarily works in the renewable energy space with expertise in mapping, rural electrification, engineering, software development and installation of renewable energy equipment, amongst others. VIA is currently managing projects in Vanuatu, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Honduras.