Impact Assesment

A Socially, economically and environmentally sustainable future-proof solution

“One woman decided to rent out extra rooms in her house for students to study in the light”
— Field research report 2015

SUSTaINABLE SOLUTION

Rural Spark provides a solution that is socially, environmentally and economically sustainable. Using tools that allow for local systems to emerge from within the context, Rural Spark offers the future network solution that evolves along with the development of the context (as opposed to most temporary stand alone solutions).

The tools are designed from within the context so they enable rural villagers to become Local Energy Suppliers. While providing their fellow

villagers with access to energy, they grow the distributed energy networks of tomorrow and earn an (additional) income.

Economic sustainability allows for continuation and reliability, offering a solution where users are not depending villagers, but resilient entrepreneurs. The use of sustainable energy sources and sustainable energy tools such as LED lamps instead of the unhealthy kerosine lamps, combined with the exchange of surpluses, makes the network environmentally sustainable.


Rural DEVELOPMENT

Access to energy allows for, and catalyses, development. Moreover, providing Local Energy Suppliers with a kit to run their business, several direct effects are visible: jobs are created; local people are trained and educated; economic activity is stimulated; and a market is created.

There are indirect effects as well; families earning a living allowing a household to improve there living-standard; and economic activity has an accelerating effect on improving economic activity in the region as it attracts other businesses as well as it increases economic activity throughout the supply chain.


ECONOMIC SUSTAINABILITY

Economically viable on the long run for both business (financial performance, continuation and results) and local community (poverty alleviation and economic development). Allows for continuity and scaling.

  • Market access. Unleash entrepreneurship, enabling local villagers to become small entrepreneurs earning an income;
  • Market security. Offer an alternative to fossil fuels (like kerosene). Prices for kerosene are often subject to corruption, high cost-fluctuation and variation in demand. At the same time, local villagers often lack access to alternative, affordable, qualitative resources and market-knowledge;
  • Market power. Local villagers are provided with accessible, affordable and qualitative energy- and information;
  • Secure continuity by initiating a ‘leasing-construction’ allowing for costs-coverage and for making profit.

SOCIAL SUSTAINABILITY

Respecting local context and characteristics including culture and rights, protecting and stimulating social relationships. This allows for truly reaching potential users, even beyond recognising them as consumers, creating value-conscious stakeholders.

  • Local entrepreneurs become the core-business of the initiative. Contrasting to selling them products, they shape the network and form the main assets;
  • Involve local villagers in the design of the network and products from the beginning;

  • Enable local entrepreneurs to start their business in their own way. They proof to be value-conscious entrepreneurs who are much better in designing a local business-model, respecting local context and characteristics;

  • Empower rural villagers (often lower-class citizens) which decreases their vulnerability and increases their self-esteem and self-respect;

  • Bring economic activity to rural villages (holding the potential to decreasing urbanisation where the youth leaves villages in hope for prosperity in the large cities);

  • Access to durable, sustainable and affordable energy for local villagers, supplied by Local Energy Suppliers.


eNVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY

Effective usage of (natural) resources and focus on renewable sources has positive impact on the environment as well as on the business.

  • Leapfrog the outdated large centralised energy infrastructure India is pursuing. And enable the growth of a more distributed infrastructure today, allowing for the use of small scale sustainable energy solutions;
  • Offer alternatives to nonrenewable fossil fuels (exhausting the earths natural resources), decreasing environmental impact; 
  • Offer an alternative to the process of burning fossil fuels (like kerosene). Kerosene has many direct risks ranging from the inhalation of toxic gasses to the burning down of houses. Also, reducing the use of kerosine reduces CO2 emission;
  • Ensure availability. Renewable energy-sources like solar-energy are inexhaustible. Resource-dependency is thus no longer subject to availability or accessibility.
  • Moreover, the leasing constructions allows for recycling, innovating and updating. As a result, the users always have the most advanced and sustainable solutions.