STOP, DROP and CONTRIBUTE, the world’s poorest people are farmers and this technology will pump them towards a better future.
When I created the solar light bulb that started Nokero (short for No Kerosene), I didn’t know what would be ahead. I had started other projects and companies, but this was different. It had the chance, not a guaranty, but a chance to help millions of people. I didn’t know what to do, where to turn, or who to believe. I happened to find a man and his book–Paul Polak and Out of Poverty, respectively. Reading the book gave me clarity, the clarity for the business model of Nokero. We were forged forward creating a for-profit in order to sell products to the very poorest of the poor. Why? because they can afford our product by diverting some of the estimated $38 billion spent on kerosene for light towards a solar light like our N200.
Over the past 3 years, I have had the pleasure of getting to know Paul. When he shared with me his vision for a modern water pump to lift millions out of poverty, I pledged my full support. It isn’t every day a student gets to contribute to his teacher’s vision.
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So, with the above, I have a simple request. Please help our group comprised of the below individuals bring this project to fruition.
Thank you, Steve
Contributors / Collaborators include:
Paul Polak is leading the team. He is internationally known for fighting poverty using business and technology, and is the author of the book Out of Poverty. He founded International Development Enterprises, an NGO that ended poverty for 17 million people, and has sold 1 million foot-powered treadle pumps to farmers in the developing world.
Jacob Mathew is the founder of Idiom Design and Consulting, a leading 100-person design consultancy in Bangalore, India. Jacob has developed many similar technology projects including the system design for Spring Health, a clean water business in India.
Jack Keller is a civil engineer and our expert on irrigation and water pumping. Keller has taught and conducted research and consultation in sprinkle and trickle irrigation in more than 60 countries. He is the author of more than 90 technical papers and two textbooks in the areas of agricultural water resources planning and engineering, on-farm water management, and irrigation system design.
Steve Katsaros is an award-winning engineer, patent agent, and CEO of Nokero. Nokero is a for-profit company with a mission to provide affordable solar technology solutions for poor, off-grid communities around the world. Steve is an expert in solar product design, manufacturing, and supply chains.
Many of the team’s volunteer engineers come from Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., the same company that developed the science instruments in the Hubble Space Telescope and many other space systems. As professional space systems engineers they are experts in solar energy, mechanical, and systems design. This unique partnership gives the team access to a tremendous amount of knowledge and expertise, made possible through the efforts of their former CEO, Dave Taylor.