TanzSolar Ltd.

TanzSolar's mission is to reduce poverty and improve the quality of life for people throughout rural Tanzania through the promotion of affordable technology powered by renewable energy, distributed to people not served by, or unable to afford connection to, an electricity grid.
May 8, 2012

May 2012_Solar Lights for Rural Tanzania

TanzSolar meeting with villagers.
TanzSolar meeting with villagers.

TanzSolar’s Global Giving project, Affordable Solar Light for 12500 African Villagers, continues to subsidize the cost of solar lights for rural Tanzanian families.  We have just $3,520 left to complete this project, only 6%! 

Your donations have paid for half of the cost of a solar-powered light for a village family.  The villagers themselves pay for the other half, which encourages them to value and care for these lights.  TanzSolar is headquartered in Musoma, a town in Northern Tanzania conveniently located to thousands of rural households.  We offer ongoing product support, battery replacements and equipment repairs at or below cost.  We produce educational literature and are working to introduce the populace to solar electricity and efficient electric lighting.  Together we are bringing knowledge and light to rural Africa.

In addition you might like to take a look at our school project; www.globalgiving.org/projects/solar-schools4africa/.  This project will fund the electrification of a rural secondary school in northern Tanzania.

Again we thank you for your generous support.  Your donations have changed the lives of this large, hard-working rural population in Tanzania, and they are deeply appreciated.

Neighbors want to see the solar lights!
Neighbors want to see the solar lights!
Jan 17, 2012

Solar-Schools in Tanzania Project Report Q1 2012

Rural school.
Rural school.

TanzSolar’s second Global Giving project; Solar Electricity for an African School, is 8% funded with $11,135 left to go.   To our 17 donors, we thank you for getting this project off to a good start.  We are looking forward to electrifying our first Secondary School in the Musoma Rural District. 

Only a small percentage of the youth of Tanzania get to go to secondary school, about 6%.  These students are motivated and are doing their best to get an education, however the infrastructure is not supporting them or their teachers.  As we continue with this projects, and more like it to follow, we expect to show how much of an impact having electricity and internet access can make on the education of these young women and men.  Your support will make it happen.  Thank you, and please tell your friends about this project.  We are only $11,135 away from our first solar-electric secondary school.

TanzSolar meeting with school headmaster.
TanzSolar meeting with school headmaster.
Jan 17, 2012

January 2012 Update

TanzSolar field team with a happy client
TanzSolar field team with a happy client

TanzSolar’s first Global Giving project, Affordable Solar Light for 12500 African Villagers, is 94% funded.  The money you have donated has changed the lives of over 11,500 villagers.  These families now have electric light.

 

Over the holidays I could not help but be especially struck by the contrast between our lives in the US and the lives of rural Tanzanians.  I love holiday lights and shopping for gifts for my family, don’t get me wrong.  And yet I remember that in Tanzania they may have a church service, but there’s no holiday event at home because they don’t have money to spend or places to shop.  Certainly no colored lights!  But they do have close family ties and a strong community.  They have farms and good food.  And now, thanks to you, many of them have clean, electric lighting.

 

Please help us finish this project and continue to support this ongoing work through our website; TanzSolar.org.  In addition, we have a second project on Global Giving; Solar Electricity for an African School.  Please take a look at that project.  It’s a much smaller project, with a $12,000 total budget.  We are raising money to complete our first rural secondary school electrification.  None of the Secondary Schools in our region have electricity.  We plan that this is the first of many, so it is especially important to us.

 

All of us at TanzSolar and the people of the Lake Zone in Tanzania thank you for your support.  Collectively your donations have made a significant difference to a large, hard-working rural population, and it is greatly appreciated.

We would like to offer a special thanks to our organizational supporters; Neutrogena Corporation, Finlandia, Café Press, Africa Solar Fund, Connect to Change, Rural Energy Agency of Tanzania, Fundacion Colegio Americano De Puebla, The Dwelle Family Foundation, Marin/SF Jewish Community Teen Foundation, SIGG USA, Weller Investment Company, Argent & Schuster Inc, and Lucapost.

Bookkeeping - replacement parts for pv system.
Bookkeeping - replacement parts for pv system.
Typical rural Tanzania TanzSolar solar home.
Typical rural Tanzania TanzSolar solar home.
Rural school.
Rural school.

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