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I’m spitballing an idea here that I’d like to run past members for input. The concept is a “Freedom Kit” to be sold — likely, at a subsidy — to people emerging from poverty who want to take part in the modern world and gain some creature comforts and safety.
The objective should be to give a family maximum improvement in quality of life and future prospects in a portable package at a low cost (which I’m arbitrarily capping at $1,000 US). I’m excluding firearms, as that would — I imagine — be legally difficult. Assume further that customers have shelter, live in the tropics, and lack reliable energy. All products should be new.
So, within these limitations, what should go into such a kit? Here’s my first draft:
Contents of a Proposed “Freedom Kit”:
- Goal Zero Yeti 150 & Nomad 20 Solar kit and a universal AC adapter (total: $436). Provides functional — if limited — access to electrical energy with some storage capacity for night time use and/or days without much sun. The Yeti has multiple outputs, including USB, 12v, and — most importantly — an AC inverter, meaning you can plug any household electronic device into it.
- A pair of Goal Zero LED lights ($80) for nighttime illumination; a little pricey, but Goal Zero makes good stuff and these can both be powered off the Yeti.
- Lenovo Tab 2 tablet ($185) This is a well-reviewed, inexpensive tablet with an impressive battery life. Let’s pre-load it with a lot of free eBooks.
- Mosquito nets ($100): I don’t know much about the subject, but popular, well-reviewed models on Amazon typically run for less than $20. Let’s include five.
- A pump water microfilter, 5-gallon storage bottle, UV sterilizer pen, with a battery charger for the latter ($195). This ensures access to safe drinking water under almost all circumstances.
Total Cost: $996, giving people power, lighting, computing, mosquito protection, and access to clean water.
Of course, this leaves a great many matters unaddressed, including:
- A clean, indoor-safe stove (I believe the Yeti is poorly suited to powering an electrical stove, and I don’t think it’s possible to get enough gas/propane into a portable package to work).
- First aid and hygiene.
- Clothes washing.
Thoughts, Ricochet? What else am I missing? Did I put too much funds into electronics? Has someone beat me to the idea?