Starting 2015, the newly founded Hesselink Koffie Foundation will contribute to the solar panel project benefiting the Guatemalan coffee women.
The target group consists out of smaller coffee farmers who depend on the coffee planting and have no access to electricity. This project aims to provide the coffee communities with renewable and therefore sustainable energy. Also, empowering women to equal out ‘gender differences’ is very important. The access to electricity will facilitate daily life. Homes, four schools, a church, a hospital;, a daycare center will all be provided with solar energy. These changes will have a positive impact on domestic and community level.
The access to electricity will make the coffee farmers feel safer in their homes, also at night, due to the fact that there will be enough light. Also, hospitals can extent their opening hours and schools will have the sufficient amount of light. The equipment will support coffee farmers in terms of educating their children, since there will be enough light at night for the children to do their homework.
Solar energy is a natural source for pure and sustainable electricity, without causing pollution. In opposed to the traditional methods to generate electricity, such as burning wood, generators, fuel, charcoal, etc. there is no emission of CO2 or NO2. Therefore farmers can contribute locally in the battle for climate control.
The families will also benefit in a financial way since they no longer need to buy extra wood or oil in order to ensure themselves of light at night.