Communities

IEEE Smart Village already serves more than 50,000 people in 34 villages via pilots in Cameroon, Haiti, India, Kenya, Nigeria and South Sudan. It’s a proven model.

CameroonHaiti — India — KenyaNigeriaSouth SedanZambia

Learn how IEEE Smart Village delivers immediate, positive impact to the world’s poorest, most energy-deprived populations, by stimulating social enterprise through:

  • Seed-funded standardized micro-utility equipment and operator training
  • Standardized business plan and training
  • Community based education model and wireless Learning Community delivery system

The entire community participates in the success of the local electricity business that IEEE Smart Village seeds, and profits are reinvested to grow all phases of the program to scale. . Following demonstrated pilot program success, each IEEE Smart Village partner commits to raising capital to expand the micro-utility program to further enhance village commerce, entrepreneurship and educational opportunities, as well as to work with other partners addressing  clean water, health and sanitation, agriculture, access to markets, school  curriculum development and implementation, etc.

Sunblazer Team
Local energy entrepreneurs stand near their newly installed SunBlazer in Haiti, June 2011. Photo: Ray Larsen.
IEEE members introducing villagers to the potential of the IEEE Smart Village program in Haiti, August 2012. Photo: Ray Larsen.