Myanmar’s rural regions exhibit far higher poverty rates than the country’s urban areas – making rural development a top priority for the nation. Despite its abundant energy resources, Myanmar has the lowest electrification rate in the region (~34% nationwide). Indeed, its remote communities are permanently without a reliable energy supply. Promoting rural electrification is therefore key to inclusive socio-economic development and poverty reduction.
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, economic growth
in Myanmar was projected to pick up to 6.3 percent in FY2019/20 and 6.4 percent
in FY2020/21. However, Myanmar’s economy is now expected to decline
sharply due to direct and indirect impacts of the pandemic. The global shock
and domestic efforts to contain the spread of the virus have had a substantial
economic cost. And, initially numbers of known COVID-19 positive cases were
relatively low but see since mid-August 2020 a sharp rise.
The slowing economic growth threatens to partially reverse Myanmar’s recent progress in poverty reduction while reducing the incomes of households that are already poor.
Climate change is another major challenge for the development of Myanmar. It is one of the world’s most disaster-prone countries, exposed to multiple hazards, including floods, cyclones, earthquakes, landslides and droughts. Along with Puerto Rico and Honduras, Myanmar is one of three countries most affected by climate change in the period 1999-2018 according to the 2020 Global Climate Risk Index and 19th out of 191 countries on the INFORM Index for Risk Management.
We therefore intend to install 10 Solar Based Minigirds in various remote and isolated communities of Myanmar. According to our estimate the project will not only have a positive effect on the lives of the people and the economy of the area, but also will prove to be beneficial for the environment because all these renewable methods of producing electricity will also help in reducing deforestation.
Total Donation Required for the project is 1 Million USD
10 Villages with 200+ Household each, donations required per village is 100,000 $ USD.
Your donation for giving the power to one household with an average of 6-8 members is > 500 $ USD.
You can make the difference, to light up the life of someone who needs it the most.