Many small businesses take their social responsibilities seriously, but not all of them travel from South Wales to Zambia to conduct their activities.
FSB member Giakonda IT, an IT support business based in Swansea, is the exception. Using the Welsh-manufactured Raspberry Pi computer, it helps provide education and IT development to rural schools in Zambia.
The Raspberry Pi is an inexpensive computer designed to promote the teaching of computer science. They use very little power, and are ideal for use in developing countries where electricity isn’t reliable.
“We preload Raspberry Pi with RACHEL (Remote Area Community Hotspot for Education and Learning),” says Howard Kirkman, Technical Director at Giakonda. “This is a huge e-learning resource accessible off-line to any wireless enabled devices like tablets or smartphones.
“Members of the local community also use the resources to get advice on health, agriculture and the like.”
To overcome the challenge of an electricity supply that is non-existent or irregular, Giakonda is also installing solar panels to power LED lighting and IT equipment.
The firm has established the Giakonda Solar Schools charity to raise funds and attract grants.