WISIONS of Sustainability

Our mission is to empower individuals and communities to transform the production and use of energy so that it effectively enables sustainable development. Read more about WISIONS activities, goals and background.

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HPNET's "The Flow" is out now!

News from WISIONS posted on January 12th, 2021

Also our partnership network HPNET reviewed their past work and activities of their members and project partners all about small-scale hydropower in their very last newsletter of the year 2020. You can find Interesting stories about projects of HPNET members in Nepal, Madagascar and Ethiopia in this edition. The Flow: December Edition

Our last Newsletter for 2020 and end of year reflection

News from WISIONS posted on December 21st, 2020

The latest WISIONS Newsletter is out! In it, we look back at key recent activities and reflect on what innovation can mean in the context of energy access. We hope you enjoy the holiday season and wish you all a great start to 2021. Please stay safe!Find our newsletter here!

Solar power for a ‘community fridge’ in Nepal

News from WISIONS posted on December 16th, 2020

With support from WISIONS, the People, Energy and Environment Development Association (PEEDA) built a solar-powered mobile cold storage unit for smallholders in the Dolakha region of Nepal. The project, which is the first of its kind in the country, has had a substantial impact on the community and its economy. See also hereRead moreMinimize

The concept of the “community fridge” follows a simple but effective approach. The small-scale farmers amass the vegetables produced on their farms in the highlands of Nepal in the cold storage facility. After putting aside sufficient vegetables for their own consumption, the remaining vegetables can be stored and processed for commercial sale at the next local market. Before the installation of the “community fridge”, the farmers were forced to sell their produce immediately after harvest as they did not have the means to keep it fresh, which resulted in oversupply and low revenue. Preliminary numbers already indicate that the community has reduced the amount of food waste by 50% and that the increase in vegetable sales has created additional income for the families.

The involvement of the community was key to the success of the project and now the community owns and manages the system via a committee of local farmers who operate it. The holistic approach included the design of an innovative and sustainable energy solution, capacity-building for beneficiaries, value chain management and the raising of public awareness within the community about the project. We look forward to sharing future updates about this project! 


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