Off-grid Solutions Project
Indonesia Activity Overview
Model development of utilization of solar energy for community business in borders of West Kalimantan
Semitau and Suhaid, Kapuas Hulu, West Kalimantan
Population: 662. Most people are engaged in farming or fishing. The village gains a plentiful catch due to its location near the river, but finds it hard to increase income because of the difficulty of preserving or processing the fish.
Village in harmony with a large river
The Marsedan Raya village is situated next to the Kapuas river, the longest river in Indonesia. 662 people are living in nature located about 300 km inland from the provincial capital. Although about half of the houses have solar panels or power generators installed with government subsidies and use lights, residents are able to use electricity only 40% of the time due to inadequate power generation capacity.
Creating income sources
from the blessings of nature
Although the village is rich in fishery resources, it is difficult for the residents to make a living solely with fresh fish because they don't have access to refrigerators. They produce salted or dried fish by hand. In addition, farm crops and honey produced by boiling down natural honeycombs constitute limited income sources. If they have access to power, then the processing productivity and quality will improve and lead to an increased standard of living.