The Magis cocktail hour will feature a showcase of innovations to benefit humanity, such as:
Clean Energy Cookstoves
Household income data across 131 countries reveals that 22% of households, more than one in five household, live on $1.25 per day. This is the World Banks’ and our definition of extreme poverty. The extremely poor spend 70% of their daily budget on cooking, light, and heat. Three billion people cook on open fires with fuel that is highly pollutant and environmentally damaging.
Now, there is an emerging movement to develop simple affordable cookstoves for use in rural communities using local sustainable materials such as biomass (plant matter) for fuel. These clean cookstoves dramatically reduce the cost of fuel for cash-strapped families while mitigating environmental harm.
The SCU Center for Science, Technology, and Society, through our flagship program, the Global Social Benefit Institute (GSBI®), has helped numerous enterprises which develop and distribute clean cookstoves such as Husk Power Systems, Potential Energy, and Solar Sister.
Husk Power Systems (HPS) provides end-to-end renewable energy solutions by installing mini-power plants, operating mini and micro-grids that deliver electricity as a "pay-for-use" service to villages in India. HPS has created a proprietary technology that cost-effectively converts biomass waste (e.g. rice husk, mustard husk / stem, corn cob, certain grass etc.) into electricity.
Potential Energy, formerly known as the Darfur Stoves Project, supports local enterprises to manufacture and distribute household technologies such as clean cookstoves. They campaign to create economic opportunities, improve health, and protect the environment today.
Solar Sister eradicates energy poverty by empowering women with economic opportunity. They combine the breakthrough potential of solar technology with a deliberately woman-centered direct sales network to bring light, hope and opportunity to even the most remote communities in rural Africa.
There are many more listed on our Energy Map.
See the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves our partners and sponsors for more information.
Clean Drinking Water
The World Health Organization (WHO) that over 3.6% of the global disease burden can be prevented simply by improving water supply, sanitation, and hygiene.Poor water quality continues to pose a major threat to human health. Children are especially vulnerable, as their bodies aren't strong enough to fight diarrhea, dysentery and other illnesses. 90% of the 30,000 deaths that occur every week from unsafe water and unhygienic living conditions are in children under five years old.
Yet, the water crises is a solvable one. There are many novel water filtration systems designed and distributed by GSBI trained social enterprises, including Nazava Water Filters, Blue Planet Network, and Global Women’s Water Initiative.
Nazava Water Filters assembles and sells water purifiers for households. Based in Indonesia, they sell to local customers as well as international donor agencies. Their aim is to increase the access to clean drinking water through the production of safe and affordable water filters.Water from the Nazava purifier is three to nine times more economic then boiling or buying water.
Blue Planet Network is a global community working together to spread the word and raise funds for safe drinking water. They work for a world where all people have sustainable safe drinking water and the opportunity for health, education and economic opportunity it brings.
Global Women's Water Initiative is building a corps of women trainers versed in a holistic set of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) strategies capable of building various appropriate technologies, promoting water-related health campaigns and launching social enterprises.
Social enterprise is the most effective way to economically empower the masses. They help impoverished families become self-supporting, and deliver real solutions to widespread problems in a way that’s rooted in the local economy.
Here are a few examples of change in action
Juhudi Kilimo finances rural smallholder farmers to purchase productive assets such as high yield dairy cows, poultry and irrigation equipment which can act as collateral and generate income to service the loan. The assets help the farmers bring themselves out of poverty, improve their asset base and increase food production on the farm and for the local markets.
Anudip Foundation creates livelihood opportunities for impoverished people by funding and shaping rural training centers that develop skilled professionals and entrepreneurs in information technology. Anudip Foundation tailors their training programs to offer real options to the indigent, low income communities it serves. Anudip teaches much desired skills through computer and entrepreneurship courses and market-aligned placement mentoring programs.
AVANI Produces eco-friendly textiles, natural dyes and colors in India. An artisan's collective, they purchase raw material from local farmers to produce natural textiles and colors for world markets. A decentralized production model brings work to the artisans' homesteads, eliminating the need to migrate for work. Production processes are non-polluting and sustainable.
Ikamva Youth equips learners from disadvantaged communities in South Africa with the knowledge, skills, networks and resources to access a higher education.
Drishtee is a last-mile distribution network that delivers essential products and services to the rural community. Its network is built on both Information and Communication Technology (ICT) application and ground-level entrepreneurship. To spread its network, Drishtee follows a two-pronged strategy: tapping the existing rural retail points in the villages and catalyzing rural micro-entrepreneurs engaged in local production and processing by linking to urban and rural markets.
Digital Divide Data (DDD) bridges the divide that separates young people from opportunity in Cambodia and Laos by providing disadvantaged youth with the education and training they need to deliver world-class, competitively priced IT services to global clients and acquire the essential business skills that help them break the cycle of poverty.