Many NGO’s and global organisations like the World Bank have identified the use of technology as one of the key drivers to help end poverty. There are numerous articles on the internet written on this matter.

While most of these organisations advocate using Information and Communications Technology (ICT) as the key tool, the use of technology should really be viewed from a wider perspective. ICT is not the only technological tool we can use. There are other types of technologies that can be applied to equally pressing needs like clean water, rural lighting, sanitation, education, agriculture, or aquaculture, all of which are also important break points to help end the cycle of poverty.

Also, we should not just focus on using technology to help end poverty but also to empower people with physical disabilities or medical conditions. Therefore, we strongly feel that all types of technology should be used to bring personal empowerment to disadvantaged people in all communities. By doing so, we provide them a springboard from which they can further improve their own abilities to overcome other disempowering obstacles. In short, technology should be used to empower people to help themselves.

However, at The Genusix Project we have a vision that reaches beyond transforming individual lives and uplifting disadvantaged communities. There are among our associates, people who are motivated to create new, or assemble existing technologies for projects related to the environment, overfishing, water pollution, farming, wildlife conservation, renewal energy, recycling, and many more innovative ideas.

When new ideas are bounced around and the technology begins to take shape, the next logical step is to bring those ideas to reality. In most cases, it would require financing and this is where The Genusix Project community becomes an asset.

If a world-changing product needs financing to come to fruition, the inventor or designer can of course self-finance the product development using the surplus wealth generated from his or her business in The Genusix Project. Alternatively, the design can be ‘pitched’ to the project community and any associate who is inspired by the design, may offer to co-finance the product development and become a partner in the newly formed business entity.

Best of all, the project community is practically an avenue for crowd-funding where the designer can receive direct financial contributions to help fund the product development. The other added advantage is that the finished product already has a community that is waiting to apply it to their local scenarios which share similar needs. In effect, the project community makes a pre-order of the product at the development stage and then help to distribute and apply the technology when it is delivered.