OMID began as an idea that emerged from Paul Polak’s book Out of Poverty. In that book he tells the story of how he developed a treadle pump to help subsistence farmers bring water from underground for their crops. This invention brought millions out of extreme poverty.
Out of Poverty
Renewable Energy, Water, & Refrigeration as a foundation to self-sufficiency for subsistence communities.
We need your help
OMID is now reaching out to others. We need help to bring renewable, cutting edge solutions to address the problems of the most vulnerable populations. Please help us bring these life-changing platforms to Colombia and other developing countries.
In Colombia we have already funded:
Setting up the demonstration and testing site at SENA University (See Projects Page)
Donated the solar system that will deliver water to 30 families in the village of Ballito, Colombia (See Projects Page)
Donated a PREP system to Red Adelco to be used in cooperation with the United Nations in a FARC resettlement area as part of the peace process.
ADDRESSING GLOBAL POVERTY
85% of the world's poor live in rural areas and make their living on small farms. If we are to address global poverty, the subsistence farmer is a critically important place to begin.
As the team learned more about the challenges facing the famers, we discovered that as much as 50% of the crops they grow end up rotting in the fields. We entered into a partnership with SolerCool, Ltd and SolerCool, Colombia, to use their invention, the ColdShed (patent pending). This is a small solar powered building that can keep up to two tons of fruits and vegetables cold so the farmer has a longer time to get them to market.