My name is Salima Visram and I am in my final year studying International Development Studies at McGill University, in Montreal. I grew up and lived beside the Kikambala village on the outskirts of Mombasa, where 22,000 people live below the poverty line. From a very young age, I was taught to understand the complexities of poverty, and to do whatever I could to contribute to its alleviation. I have witnessed the impact that poverty, and the lack of electricity can have on children’s lives, and development.
Over the past 6 months, I designed and put together The Soular Backpack, which would allow kids in rural areas to leverage the power of the sun on their long walks to and from school every day. The backpack would have a solar panel on it, whose storage battery would later connect to an LED lamp, hence allowing children in rural areas, who have no access to electricity or who use kerosene, to study through the night. 3-4 hours in the sun would result in 7-8 hours of light. The first prototype has been manufactured.
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Salima Visram grew up in Kenya. After living there for 17 years, she went to school at the United World College of the Atlantic, in Wales. Salima is now in her final year at McGill University, studying International Development.
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