Energy and Water
Because of the growth of activities in Macha, additional infrastructure, such as water and energy supplies are absolutely necessary in order to continue growth. Macha is connected to the electricity network but outages are common. Macha Works is supporting the construction of a bio-oil plantation of 5 km2 on the mission grounds of the hospital where oil will be sustainably extracted from Jatropha trees. After just 3 years, the farm will produce at least 250,000 litres of bio-oil for Macha. This will make Macha completely self-supporting in terms of energy and will decrease the import of expensive diesel oil. Apart from that, Jatropha offers many other advantages for a community including the prevention of soil erosion. The natural oil also provides economic opportunities for soap production and other local cosmetic products.
For more information visit: http://jatropha.wik.is