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:
- Milk pasteurisation (monitoring milk boiling to help prevent Brucellosis),
- Candle making temperature control (making good quality candles),
- Pump temperature monitoring (keeping it above freezing in sub-zero temperatures),
- Anemometer wind speed measurement (power generation possibility),
- Soil control (monitoring green house conditions)
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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