Affordable Solar Light for 17000 African Villagers

$75,242 $0
Raised Remaining


This project provides affordable solar light to 3,400 households. LED lights enable villagers to read, study and work, eliminating kerosene lanterns and improving health while reducing CO2 emissions.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Kerosene lamps in rural Tanzania contribute significantly to illness and death due to indoor air pollution and fires. They limit education, without the ability to study after dark, and they introduce significant CO2 emissions. They increase poverty, a large percentage of a village household's income is spent on kerosene, and they limit commercial activities. You can break the cycle of poverty, ignorance and disease by providing affordable solar lighting to some of the world's poorest people.

How will this project solve this problem?

TanzSolar goes to the villages having no electricity to show people how to use solar lights. We provide their first electric lights. Many parents have told us that they can now work and their children can study in the evening for the first time.

Potential Long Term Impact

Long-term this project benefits the health of the families, the education of the children and parents, their income potential and the planet as a whole. Just these 3400 lighting systems will result in 135 tons of avoided CO2 pollution over 5 years.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $75,242

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $75,242 .  The original project funding goal was $75,000.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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TanzSolar Ltd.

Musoma, Mara, Tanzania, United Republic of

Project Leader

Marianne Walpert

Board Member, Executive Director
Musoma, MARA Region Tanzania, United Republic of

Where is this project located?

Map of Affordable Solar Light for 17000 African Villagers