Living in a shack in South Africa
Our efforts to change the living conditions in informal settlements date back to the early 1980’s. We love solar cooking and for the past 35 years we shared this passion with everyone our paths crossed.
Currently we are also testing a solar baking home based business in Refilwe near Cullinan. By using direct sunlight as well as battery power from PV panels, the family manages to solar bake every day and earn a sustainable living.
While the business was generating a much needed income, it was the effort needed to heat up minimal quantities of water on a suffocating smoking fire, that made an everlasting impression on us. The only fuel source they can afford and readily have access to is wet wood from the surrounding environment.
Something had to be done
Keep in mind that informal housing has no housing regulations, no building regulations, no orientation regulations: Every household is built according to available funds and space. The roof and sidewalls are put together with the thinnest and cheapest materials they can lay their hands on.
Our dedication to find a practical solution paid off, as the SunGenius solar geyser can now be installed at almost any structure and provides the household with running hot water inside the shack.
Everyone wants it!
To be able to open a hot water tap inside the house, is convenience unknown to most informal settlements. It has become our mission to further develop the geyser into more alternatives. Our indoor SunGenius water bag for clean drinking water has proven to be a very convenient water storage container as it really keeps the water clean and does not take up much space inside the house.
Using the already warm water for cooking, speeds up the cooking process and therefore uses less wood and other cooking fuels. As Ruben, one of our clients said, “The pap is cooked so much quicker.”
Solar geyser for Africa
It is our mission to expand the SunGenius solar geyser range of products to further improve the lives of informal settlement families. The IP we secured will ensure that these families will have access to quality products at affordable prices.