Our beneficiaries are highly dependant on firewood and exploitative natural resource management practices for their daily energy needs, despite many communities living in protected biodiversity areas.

We therefore try to focus on providing for these needs sustainably, by developing a number of rural renewable energy technologies including biogas, micro-hydro and solar.

We are working to improve the bio-digester systems of the communities after several years in use. The team have made several design modifications to ensure that the model we use is the cheapest and most suited to rural remote areas. It provides an easy and reliable sustainable energy source that can meet a family’s needs. It has many benefits; not only clean energy for cooking and lighting, but also it uses a waste product (animal manure) that otherwise has a detrimental effect on sanitation. It prevents methane releases from the manure, and creates an excellent organic fertilizer (highly useful in a country with a high-level of subsistence farming). The health implications are also manifold, including reduction in smoke-related respiratory or eye problems, reduction in bacterial diseases linked to manure practices and sanitation, and increase in nutrition due to increased fertilization and therefore increased food security/food diversity. Bio-digester reduces a lot of burden of the women and children in the families as collection of firewood and animal husbandry tend to be women’s and children’s roles in rural Cambodia.

We are exploring the opportunities to bring new technologies of solar and micro-hydropower to use mainly for pumping water to supply irrigation systems, provide renewable electricity to rural communities especially those who live along the Mekong River. Communities we work with understand the benefits of renewable energy very well and are willing to contribute to the cost of construction if there is support for it.

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Working to reduce climate change through using solar panels and micro-hydropower to generate electricity, and installing bio-digesters of our own design to capture methane gas from manure which is then used for water pumping, lighting, cooking fuel and producing organic fertilizer.

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The collection of firewood and animal husbandry tend to be women’s roles in rural Cambodia. Find out more about the roles of women.

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