Promote Renewable Energy Shops in Rural Namibia

 
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Apr 29, 2011

Elephant Energy puts out the fire in Namibia

Rural Partner Shop
Rural Partner Shop

     In SiLozi, Katima Mulilo means “to put out the fire,” a reference to the strong winds and currents in the Zambezi that would extinguish the flames of torches when crossing the river via makolo (dugout canoe).  While most people now cross between Zambia and Namibia at Katima Mulilo on the new bridge, Elephant Energy is carrying on the tradition of “putting out the fire” by replacing of candles, kerosene lanterns, and cooking fires with solar-powered lights and clean-burning cookstoves.  In the first three months of 2011, with the funding you provided via Global Giving, Elephant Energy distributed over 450 solar-powered lights via our Elephant Energy Shop in Katima Mulilo.  And the best part is that your donation will keep on giving.  We run our shop in Katima as a sustainable business, so instead of handing out lights for free, rural Namibians invest their own money in their energy future, ensuring that our storeroom remains stocked and ready to meet the needs of thousands more rural people this year.

     However, to build-out our energy distribution network in the Caprivi Region we must stock each of our nine new partner shops with energy products.  While we have enough stock to provide a few varieties of solar-power lights to these shops, our network of rural entrepreneurs is clamoring for solar-powered cell phone chargers.  And who can blame them?  In some areas where we work, the nearest electric outlet is 30 miles away!  We need to raise the final $2,350 in funding for the Elephant Energy Shops project on Global Giving so that we can provide solar-powered cell-phone chargers to the Sibbinda Mini Grocery Shop, the Mashi Craft Centre, Tusano Shop, Ami a Bakando, Get Lucky, Kanono Bottle Store, Bukalo Better Price Shop, Bicycles for Humanity – Ngoma, and God Knows Shop.  Please donate $10 (or more) and help us reach more rural Namibians: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/promote-renewable-energy-shops-in-rural-namibia/.

     Thank you again for helping Elephant Energy put out the fire and turn on the lights in the Caprivi Region.

Doug with kids in Masida
Doug with kids in Masida

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Katie Murphy

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Denver, Colorado United States

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