Living in a house without basic services
Our efforts to change the living conditions in informal settlements date back to the early 1980’s.
Currently we’re 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.
But it was their efforts 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 – solar water heater for people without basic services
SunGenius solar water heaters, the SunGeyza, as a part of our solar solutions for Africa, was specifically developed for people living in informal settlements. This patent pending solar water heater provides affordable and convenient running hot water either inside or outside the house, while cutting out wood, paraffin, gas and electricity for heating up water.
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 SunHeata can now be placed at almost any structure and provides the household with running hot water inside the house.
Everyone wants it!
To be able to open a hot water tap inside the house, is convenience unknown to most informal settlements.
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.” We heard stories about teenagers fighting over the hot water and toddlers being angry with their parents when they did not fill up the geyser.
To fill up the heater every day is still an inconvenient practice, but it is so much better and cheaper than the alternative of using fire wood or paraffin to heat up water.
As a social enterprise, it is our mission to expand the SunGenius product range to further improve the lives of informal settlement families. The IP we applied for will ensure that these families will have access to quality products at affordable prices.