Solar Village is a Norwegian company on a mission to improve African smallholder farmers' yields and standard of living.
Every year weeds, pest and crop diseases hugely decrease yields of African smallholder farmers, undermining their livelihoods and limiting their potential. When pesticides are sprayed, this is often done by using inefficient knapsack sprayers, which use more water and chemicals than needed and expose farmers to unnecessary risks. Water needed for the sprayers is often collected by women and girls far away from the fields. Pesticides are expensive and should be used effectively and in moderation to avoid waste and pollution. Many cheap sprayers are hand-powered but are inefficient and waste both water and chemicals. Other, more efficient sprayers, are powered by disposable batteries, but these are expensive and often get dumped on the ground.
Our main product is the Battery Stick™. In the field, the Battery Stick™ powers two attractive herbicide, insecticide, and fungicide sprayers of Micron, a leading manufacturer of specialist sprayers and weed control equipment for a wide range of applications. These sprayers (Handy and Ulva+) have been developed specifically for the African smallholder user and are safe and highly labour and water saving. At home, the Battery Stick™ is a power source for a range of desirable household appliances (e.g. lamps, TV and fan), popular among smallholder farmers living off-grid. Our standard Battery Stick™ kit consists of the Battery Stick™ with a built-in torch, a 10W solar panel, an LED lamp and 6 USB phone charge connectors.