Written by Andrew Malcolm, Photographed by Kristin Lau

With the plummeting cost of solar energy equipment in recent years, affordability has increased the potential of solar electricity being introduced to regions that may not have been financially able in the past or communities that are off a central grid. SunFramer, an NGO founded by Andy Moon and Jason Gray sought to take advantage this unique potential and opportunity; since 2014, they've integrated solar energy into one hundred sites and counting. 

“Following Nepal’s devastating earthquake in 2015, SunFarmer has made a huge impact in rebuilding efforts - responding immediately to provide basics like solar lanterns to powering health facilities in critical need. ”

The market based model not only brings sustainable electricity to communities off the grid, but provides energy to local energy companies that service hospitals, schools and farms with the means of repaying loans for the equipment. Following Nepal's devastating earthquake in 2015, SunFarmer has made a huge impact in rebuilding efforts - responding immediately to provide basics like solar lanterns to powering health facilities in critical need. 

Photographers Without Borders assigned Toronto-based photographer Kristin Lau to meet with the SunFarmer team near Bhaktapur, where she documented survivors rebuilding their communities in some of the most affected areas.

About the Photographer: Kristin Lau was vital in creating awareness about SunFarmer; before Lau's photographs, there hadn't yet been photographs of SunFarmer's work. The SunFarmer team remains grateful for her photographic work and empathy toward the crisis in Nepal.

VISIT the SunFarmer site