Kribbit Issue 1, Pg 38: The Solar Cow

Yolk Solar Cow Project. Cr. yolkstation. com2Cr. Yolk Website

Making children’s tomorrow bigger with                                                                                  “The warm technology”                                                                                                                  The Solar Cow

Over 150 million of the world’s children are suffering from child labor. What if there is a cow that can send these children to school, not to the hard workplace? Let’s meet Yolk’s “Solar Cow” project, which aims to make the hopes of African children realistic.

Editor: Shim woori    Photograph: Yolk   Translation to English: Fan 13 and her Korean Tutor!


Solar Cow brings children to school by rewarding electricity to parents.

I go to school today

2 hours on foot. It is a journey to go back and forth four hours by carrying a bigger bag than the body, but it is hard to find a tough look on the child’s face. I walked and walked to and back from school. Go into the classroom, come out again and head to the cow. It would be nice to have the back view of the cellar after loading cell phone batteries into the cow’s tits and running into the classroom. Thanks to the cows, the child could come to school today, not to the factory. It is the solar cow project of Yolk (Yolk), the Korean cow that made the hope of the children come true. This project provides a free supply of electricity to parents to compensate them for sending their children to school.

Yolk Solar Cow Project. Cr. yolkstation. com3Cr. Yolk Website

York and Child Labor Issues 2012 According to the United Nations Children’s Fund and the International Labor Organization survey, 260 million children were involved in any form of work and 150 million cases of forced labor were exceeded. The cause of child labor is poverty. In the report of the International Labor Organization (ILO) in 2008, we can see that child labor is fundamentally a matter of money. Yolk took notice of this problem. It was not a temporary or piecemeal help, but a change from a fundamental and long-term perspective of individuals and communities. The answer is to “parents.” Providing parents with economic value similar to or higher than child labor wages can be a powerful motivator for sending the child to school. Yolk got the idea from Africa ‘s high mobile penetration rate. When the parents send their child to school, a “solar cow” project provides electricity to parents free of charge. Despite the lack of electricity supply in Africa, the penetration rate of mobile phones in Africa is as high as 95.1%. Especially in Africa, 10 to 20% of imports are already spent on cell phone charging and kerosene, which is the raw material for lamps. Then, if the child can get electricity from the school, it can have the effect of offsetting labor and expenses to the city center for charging. In other words, electricity is equivalent to cash.

One Cow for Kenyan Chidren. At the end of July 2018, the Solar Cow project in Yolk was able to launch its first school in the Kenya Pocott area. A solar cow with a solar panel mounted on a cow-shaped skeleton and a module with a bottle-shaped battery on the bottom was located in front of the school. When you connect the Portable Battery (shaped as a Power Milk) of the solar cow, the charge is completed in about 4 ~ 5 hours, so the children can study naturally while waiting for the charge. Also, if you bring home the charged power milk, you can use it to charge your mobile phone, small electric appliance such as lamp or radio, and it is more effective. In particular, it uses the digital ID (Identification Code) embedded in the Power Bank to identify students who are owning, as well as to monitor the exact impacts of each time they are charged for charging. Yolk starting form Kenya they are trying to spread the solar cow to developing countries in Africa and Asia. “We want children from all over the world to come to school and be educated and create a better future for their communities. To this end, we have the solar cow, a project we intent on continuing. ”

Yolk Solar Cow Project. Cr. yolkstation. com1Cr. Yolk Website

What about Yolk that made Solar Cow? We are continuing our innovative solar projects through the synergy of design and technology. The world ‘s thinnest and lightest solar charger’ SolarPaper ‘has also performed well in America’ s famous crowned funding platform kickstarter and Japan’s Makuake Crowwood. It was awarded the CES international award, the ISPO0 award, and the Minister of Industry in Korea Award. In March, he also participated in SXSW (South by South West).

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