Bread is a food staple and there is a high demand for freshly baked bread in Ganta. The Village Improvement Project (VIP) is seeking your help to establish a pilot Rays of Hope Sun Bakery to demonstrate how the power of the sun can be harnessed to provide a needed food staple and employment for Kau and other Liberian women with similar stories. This pilot will provide gainful employment for 8 women, empowering them to feed their families while raising their standard of living and serve as a working expansion model for hundreds of additional locations.
The primary source of energy will be the sun. A solar oven is a zero-emission device that cooks and bakes using only the light of the sun. It turns sunlight directly into heat for cooking unlike photovoltaic cells, which convert sunlight into electricity. Typically wood-fueled bakeries consume 50 tons of wood annually. As wood burns, CO2 emissions are emitted. Not burning this wood will result in a reduction of 82.5 tons of CO2 emissions at each Rays of Hope Sun Bakery location annually.
The Rays of Hope Sun Bakery will fill the need for fresh, locally prepared bread and other baked goods. Currently, bread must be delivered to rural areas from larger cities. This delivery increases the cost of the bread. Due to the distance of the bread makers from rural villages, there are days when bread is not delivered, and the bread is typically not fresh. The bakeries will be located in the market area that they serve; this will reduce the delivery expense and allow fresher baked goods to be provided to the consumer.