Wednesday, March 19, 2008

The Amazing Villagers

Breaking news:
Kyrgyzstan Villagers Program Microchips

TALAS, Kyrgyzstan - A team of local villagers are becoming masters of an otherwise elite skill - microchip programming. With the help of STLI and Peace Corps volunteers, they have learned to program microchips to develop niche microchip embedded products to improve the quality of life.

Currently, they are working on 5 projects using the PIC16F819 microcontroller from Microchip Technology Inc:

  1. Milk pasteurisation (monitoring milk boiling to help prevent Brucellosis),

  2. Candle making temperature control (making good quality candles),

  3. Pump temperature monitoring (keeping it above freezing in sub-zero temperatures),

  4. Anemometer wind speed measurement (power generation possibility),

  5. Soil control (monitoring green house conditions)
Registered under the name TalasTronics (NGO), this amazing team are offering control solutions to local businesses to dramatically improve efficiency. While the businesses are gaining more profit, these villagers are in reality helping themselves to break their cycle of poverty.


Isn't it just amazing?

Villagers who are less educated than us can actually program microchips and make money out of it. These Kyrgyzstan people have proven to us that there is a way to harness the power of microchips to eradicate poverty. That’s what we are trying to do here. And you too, can be part of this.

Yes, but still, how can this eradicate poverty?

The volunteers from STLI and Peace Corp have trained these Kyrgyzstan villagers to program microchips with the hope of turning them into micro businesses and customers of businesses. They have formed TalasTronics (NGO) to develop low cost niche microchip embedded products to improve the quality of life of the villagers.

This process will create competition for businesses to supply finance and materials to these niche micro businesses. We believe TalasTronics is a sustainable and scalable Poverty Eradication model. That means, the same model could be copied all over the world to achieve the aim of breaking the poverty cycle.

In other words, we are not giving them a fish. We are also not teaching them to fish, because the number of fishes might be limited. Instead, we are teaching them to breed their own fish. So that they can eat whenever they want, and as much as they want.

If you want to know more about what these people have achieved, go here.

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3 billion people in the whole world lives under the poverty line.

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What we do

We are raising funds to get a team of villagers from Kyrgyzstan to attend the World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT) on 18-22 May 2008 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The aim of this effort is to present a sustainable and scalable poverty eradication model to the whole world.

Why we do it

We believe that these villagers have the perfect solution to eradicate poverty by harnessing the power of technology. They not only help themselves break from the cycle of poverty, but at the same time making local businesses more profitable. Registered under the name TalasTronics (NGO), their method is truly unique – programming microchips.

How YOU can be part of it

We need your help to raise funds to pay for flight, accommodation and WCIT2008 registration fee for three TalasTronics villagers to present their Poverty Relief projects in Malaysia. The total sum anticipated is $10,000.

This is your chance to join our journey in this world-transforming effort.

If you feel that this effort is genuine and are willing to contribute, please donate.

Your $10 (or any amount you could give) could actually change the life of half of the world population. We appreciate any amount that you could offer.

You can either donate to me in cash (if you are in Adelaide), or just click the ‘ChipIn!’ button below or on the top left side panel. It will bring you to a PayPal page, where you can choose to use PayPal, major credit cards or even some bank accounts.

We all hope that the Kyrgyzstan Villagers will prove once and for all there is hope and help for the 3 billion under privileged people!

Thank you for donating and please tell your friends too. Remember, you are helping half of the world population!

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