How to Change the World: Solar Water Pump
If you’re an entrepreneur or interested in becoming one, you know a lot of people are now talking about “social entrepreneurship”.
What is it?
Solving social problems as a business. Doing well by doing good.
So technically, most businesses ARE somewhat social enterprises, because what problems don’t involve some sort of humans? (and thus social)
But some are more “socially” inclined than others.
Take a look this solar water pump from InterSolar 2012 in SF Moscone Center:
Ok, it’s not really the most fascinating thing on the planet, right?
Sun hits the solar cells.. solar cells produce electricity.. electricity powers the motor.. motor sucks fresh water out of the ground, and voila, fresh water.
Sure, if you’re from an economically advanced country, i’m sure this is no earth shattering, break-through technology.
But, if you’re from a poor country where people die consistently from dirty water, this technology is equivalent to salvation.
Imagine, little kids under the age of 10 getting sick from diarrhea routinely…
- so sick that they can’t help out the parents at the family farm… and in turn, they can’t harvest as much to sell at the market
- so sick that they can’t attend school .. and in turn, stop getting the education they need to advance in the world
- so sick that they can barely run around and have fun
- so sick that they eventually die
Dirty water sounds like such a minute problem, but it has FAR reaching consequences.
And that’s what solar water pump solves.
It not only pulls fresh water out of the ground, but it’s automated so that the people in these villages don’t have to use their own body and energy to pull out the fresh water on hourly basis.
Can you imagine pulling up a 3-5 gallon bucket of water every 5 minutes, 30 feet out of the ground for a small village?
Now, they can use that energy to do other things.
SOLAR water pump… so simple, yet so effective.
Whoever came with it, I’d like to give you a Nobel Peace Prize.
Hats of to all the men and women of the solar industry.
When you’re going through tough times, whether it’d be office politics, resistant government policies, competitors taking away market share, etc… please don’t give up knowing that there’s some kid out in a third world country whose life has been improved, or even saved, because of your hard work and dedication.
Times like this, I am so proud to be a service provider that serves an industry that’s literally changing the world.
God bless you all.