Contribution to the improvement of lives and education with photovoltaic power generation systems and lighting

Baingbin Senna Village, Ayeyawady Region

The village has a population of 1,845. Although the government has been undertaking electrification projects, the residents will have no access to electricity for at least five more years since the village is located in a remote area. 95% of the population are engaged in agriculture, with their income coming mainly from the double cropping of rice and beans. The schools in this village aim to achieve a high school enrollment rate of 40%.

Map: Myanmar Irrawaddy District Position of Babinsenna village

Main activities

Training local citizens as human resources via developmental learning

Training people to engage in operation, maintenance, and servicing of photovoltaic systems and developing awareness about electricity use.

Donation of photovoltaic power generation and energy storage systems

To schools, student dormitories, places of industrial activities.

  • • Power Supply Station
  • • eneloop solar storage systems

To 90 households living in the center of the village.

  • • Ninety solar storage systems

Helping improve education and income (economy)

Raising an enrollment rate with light for nighttime classes at school and student dormitories. Building models for local industry using electricity.

  • • Production and sales of ice pops
  • • Renting of solar storage systems
Target regions :
Baingbin Senna Village, Pantanaw Township, Maubin District, Ayeyarwady Region, Republic of the Union of Myanmar
Implementation period :
2years (planned as April 2018 to March 2020)

Partner organizations

Association for Rengein Tanjoji International Cooperation (ARTIC)

ARTIC is engaged in relief work for domestic and international refugees and for the poor in developing countries, contributing to improving social welfare based on the concept of salvation through Mahayana Buddhism. It also fosters human resources (both Japanese and non-Japanese) inside Japan, with the aim of raising awareness for international cooperation and the environment.

A farming village as the children's future

Though situated in one of the world's best rice-growing regions spreading around the lower reaches of the Ayeyarwady River, two-thirds of the people are farmers without land who work as day laborers in agriculture, with an average annual income of 100,000 yen. Although there weren’t any high school in the local area, a school was built in the center of the village in 2016 with the aid of the Association for Rengein Tanjoji International Cooperation (ARTIC).Among the six villages where schools were built in the same year, this village was the quickest to raise the necessary funds from residents, showing a significant awareness of self-support.

This is the school that was built. All 576 students study hard in the lightless classroom (left). Rice is grown in front of the school to provide to the student dormitory additionally built (right).

Photo left:The house is elevated in order to avoid water level./Photo right:In rainy season the water level of Kapuas river rises.

The farmers grow two crops a year: rice in the rainy season (June to October), and beans in the dry season (November to March). They make money by selling dried red pepper. The photo shows the hulling of rice using a machine.

Photo left:People  prepare lunch./Photo right:The health center of Marsedan Raya village

Achievement at school has the potential to change how people live.

Efforts are being made to increase the rate of enrollment in advanced schools of this school from the current 14% to 50%.The village's high school is aiming at a rate of 50%. In the big city of Yangon, students wishing to go to university usually go to cram schools. With no access to such schools in the village, being able to revise at night is a major help to pass the entrance exam for high school. In addition to lighting up dark classrooms to help improve children’s education, measures are being sought to utilize electricity in the village’s industries such as the production and sales of ice cream bars and the renting of solar storage systems.

Electricity from a generator and a tractor provide power for the student dormitory. Streetlights use electricity produced by a generator (right).. Use of the Power Supply Station will allow the money saved on fuel to be put aside for buying a replacement battery, helping to achieve a stand-alone operation.

Active areas

Indonesia Indonesia

Semitau and Suhaid, Kapuas Hulu, West Kalimantan

Model development of utilization of solar energy for community business in borders of West Kalimantan

The villages are scattered along the Kapuas river, the longest in Indonesia. Villagers are making a living in fishing or agriculture. It is expected that electricity will be used for processing freshwater fish and agricultural products. There is no electricity infrastructure in place. However, in some villages, the government provides a solar panel to every home.

Kenya Kenya

Enkutoto District, Narok County

Aid to Bring Electricity and Improve Life for the Maasai

Near the border of Tanzania, there is a village where 3,700 Maasai live. There is no industry in this region. The only resource is farming cattle and goats. Daily expenses per family average $2.5. The majority of households are below the poverty line. The nomadic Maasai are recently beginning to live in settled areas, but their lifestyles still depend on their traditional pasturing and small-scale agriculture. In part due to the effects of climate change, they find it difficult to escape from poverty. Only 36% of Kenyans have access to electricity, and only 12% in rural villages. This village is one without access to electricity.

2019.1.31The donation ceremony was held on January 29, 2019. Pictures of the ceremony are shown here.
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