Babies are delivered in darkness, poisonous smoke is inhaled in the kitchen, and water is fetched on foot for miles. --
Not to mention boiling every drop before drinking.
These are the daily realities of many people in developing countries, especially the poorest in rural communities.
But a small part of it is not. -
Profit is introducing innovative ways to provide a simple life-
Turn technology into "the last mile".
"Kopernik, an online technology market company-
The company, founded by Toshi Nakamura, was one of the concerns of last week's Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting in New York.
Kopernik offers menus for about 50 solutions. --from solar-
Power lamps and biomass cooking furnaces for rotary buckets and drip irrigation systems--
Produced by companies around the world and then sold at the lowest cost-users.
The product list is connected to-the-
Ground organizations can choose projects that best suit the specific needs of their communities.
Funding is provided through the website, and once necessary funds are collected, goods are delivered directly to local groups, which are usually run by women.
Women distribute these items in their village networks and often sell subsidized goods to neighboring communities. --
In a way similar to an American Tupperware or Avon party.
Nakamura told the Huffington Post: "There is a lot of money invested, but it does not always benefit the people. "
"The aid industry consists of a group of diplomats and bureaucrats who tend to recycle the same ideas without taking any risks.
"We are trying to balance that," he said.
Last Thursday, in a group in Nakamura, he was a former member of the United Nations and is now the head of his non-governmental organization. -
Profit from Bali tells the story of an Indonesian woman who sold 50 water purifiers in two weeks.
The woman used to live on less than one dollar a day, and she got a commission of 60 dollars.
In the process, she saved more time and health for women and their families.
"In our culture, women think boiled water is the best way to purify it," Betty Kiazick, manager of the household goods department, said in another CGI panel discussion.
"But they don't always boil it to the boiling point, so it's unsafe to drink.
"Even if they cook cholera and other pathogens completely, the water tastes very little good," says Kyazike, who proudly declares that she is currently the most popular person in the world. -
Avon's Performance Branch-
Like the Health Promoter Network.
In addition to distributing products, household goods also provide education. --
Importance from the correct use of water filters to hands-
Prevention of disease washing.
However, women's drinking water problems have not stopped because of pathogens.
Keith Weed, chief marketing and communications officer of Unilever, a multinational consumer goods company, adds that pulling water out of wells can waste a lot of time and energy.
"In fact, I was walking in South Africa with a lady in hot weather," said Wade, who was also in Kyazike's group.
"On the way back, the weight of the boat was so heavy that I was a total coward and eventually felt back pain.
"Kopernik's menu provides another answer: A 13-gallon donut-
Plastic containers of similar shape can be easily rolled out of wells with ropes.
Weeds say saving water can also limit such travel.
For example, teaching women to recycle three or four buckets of water into their gardens can further improve their quality of life.
Indoor air is another concern.
Millions of women still cook with firewood in developing countries.
This approach involves collecting and shredding increasingly scarce resources, another time and energy pool that prevents women and girls from engaging in more productive activities, such as school.
Neil Bellefeuille, CEO of the Paradigm Project, points out that cooking on open fires or traditional cooking stoves means inhaling heavy, toxic black smoke. The project aims to use the carbon market on behalf of the poor.
Respiratory diseases are a pandemic in developing countries: According to Isobel Coleman of the Council on Foreign Relations, an estimated 2 million people die each year from cooking smoke, more than from malaria, according to a Huffpost blog.
"It's a big problem, and it's still a concern for the most part," said Bellefeuille, a member of Nakamura's CGI team and a company that sells clean stoves.
"It's like setting a campfire in the living room.
Biomass stoves sold through Kopernik are 80% more efficient than wood fires, and produce the least smoke and carbon dioxide.
Because charcoal fuel can be made from anything from corn husks to coconut husks, it also reduces the burden on trees and thus reduces the speed of deforestation.
Kerosene is also one of the causes of indoor toxic air pollution.
Without electricity, many people in developing countries depend on expensive and dirty kerosene lamps.
Solar lamps provided by Kopernik provide a cheaper and cleaner source of light.
Nowadays, in many rural areas, family productivity has increased and babies can deliver safely at night.
A midwife in Oecusse, East Timor, said in a video produced by Kopernik: "The light quality is good, so we can see the mother's condition, and if there is any bleeding, we can see it. "
Moreover, with solar energy, household lighting costs have dropped from an average of $14 a month to less than $1.
"It's really simple," Nakamura said.