Affordable Solar Light for 17000 African Villagers

 
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Tanzsolar has been fortunate to acquire 52 NIWA LED solar lanterns with phone charging capability. In addition we at Tanzsolar have also been able to acquire 46 three LED light systems with phone charging for rural homes and health facilities. During the first week of February Tanzsolar was able to install two of the three LED light systems in Rorya District,Mara Region health dispensaries. These installations have been well received and are being used to upgrade the quality of health delivery services in the health facilities. The plan is to install as many of these systems as possible in the health facilities within Rorya District and Mara Region.

Over half of the LED lighting systems are being designated for purchase by rural households at a discounted price. Tanzsolar has also begun to offer a lay away four payment purchase plan to make these systems more affordable and attainable to low income earners in the rural areas of Mara Region. This effort would not have been possible without the support and contributions that has been provided by our supporters. Thanks to all.

Evening with NIWA light
Evening with NIWA light

Tanzsolar is currently supplying a new type of portable solar lanterns which is called NIWA and DASOL home lighting systems at reasonable price from its new shipment that has just arrived. Due to a big demand of solar energy units,Tanzsolar is working hard to ensure that is in a position of being a solution to people's demand by having enough equipment and products to fulfill market demand. Your funds allow us to reduce the price on these lights by 50% so that people can afford them.

Many families are happy due to the fact that they don't have to spend money on kerosene and can save money for buying food, school fees and medical care. Children have bright light to study and don't breathe carbon gas and fumes from kerosene lanterns any more.

This project is nearly fully funded. Please help us finish it off! And we encourage you to support TanzSolar's project to bring solar lighting to schools. Very soon we hope to add a project to electrify health care facilities as well.

Thank you for your support!

Studying by solar light
Studying by solar light
NIWA Solar 300 Light
NIWA Solar 300 Light

TanzSolar was Awarded the 2013 National Energy Globe Award for Tanzania!  Your support makes this work possible, so THANK YOU!

TanzSolar continues to work with homeowners to provide affordable solar lighting.  We are trying out a couple of new products this quarter; the NIWA 300 solar light and a DASOL lighting package (see photos).

The NIWA light is a single, very bright light with an outlet for cell phone charging.  It comes with a solar panel that can be roof-mounted or simply put out in the sun on the ground every day for recharging.

The DASOL package is a home lighting system with 3 lights, a solar panel and cell phone charging.  This is more expensive than the single-light system but offers the ability to provide light in 3 rooms.

The TanzSolar team will take these lighting products to the village markets to sell them at a subsidized price.  These lights are life-changing for the village residents, and they simply cannot afford them without the subsidy afforded by your generous contributions. 

We are nearing the end of this project!  TanzSolar will continue to focus on our Solar-Schools4Africa project and our upcoming Solar-Healthcare4Africa project.  We thank you for your ongoing support and hope that you will help us wrap up this project and continue to support the work that the TanzSolar team is doing, sustainably improving the quality of life for thousands of rural Tanzanians.

DASOL Solar Home System
DASOL Solar Home System
TanzSolar Team on the road
TanzSolar Team on the road
Solar home in local village
Solar home in local village
Rooftop panel installation
Rooftop panel installation
TanzSolar Researching PV System Usage
TanzSolar Researching PV System Usage

TanzSolar has been following up with our residential installations to see how people are using their solar lights.   We do regular maintenance on systems and provide replacement parts as needed.  Customers are required to pay at least 50% of these costs.

What we are finding in our follow-up visits is that people are very, very happy to have solar lights.  They are saving a significant amount on kerosene purchases -a few dollars/month, which could easily be 20% of their monthly income.  They comment that their children can now study in the evenings, and they are glad when they no longer have smoky kerosene lanterns indoors.

There are still nearly two million households in just the Lake Zone Region of Tanzania without access to electricity, so please help us expand our program!  Every donation, large or small, helps us to make a significant, long-term improvement in the lives of rural families without access to electric power.  We sincerely thank you for your continued support.

Kids like solar lights!
Kids like solar lights!
Businesses need solar lights, too.
Businesses need solar lights, too.
TanzSolar crew, on the road to a village.
TanzSolar crew, on the road to a village.
Solar lighting at a rural school
Solar lighting at a rural school

Special Notice!

On Wednesday, October 9th beginning at 12:01 am EDT, for 24 hours, GlobalGiving is providing a Bonus Day!  Your contribution will be matched at 30% by Global Giving, up to the first $25,000 claimed.  Please take advantage of this added gift by donating, online, on October 9.  In the morning, if possible!

Our thanks to you all who have made these projects possible and to Global Giving for their ongoing efforts to support TanzSolar and other grassroots nonprofit organizations around the world.  We work very hard to provide the most impact for your dollars.

TanzSolar continues to provide maintenance for the more than 7,000 solar lighting systems we have distributed in the Lake Zone region.  We are currently saving for our next shipment of lighting systems, and hope to be able to purchase these kits before the end of the year to begin distribution in December.

Don’t forget!  October 9, in the morning as early as possible, make a donation!  Every donation, large or small, helps us to make a significant, long-term improvement in the lives of rural families without access to electric power.

Thank you.

Solar lighting at a village home
Solar lighting at a village home
TanzSolar staff working with homeowner
TanzSolar staff working with homeowner
Justin Ibrahim showing the solar lights in a home.
Justin Ibrahim showing the solar lights in a home.

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TanzSolar Ltd.

Musoma, Mara, Tanzania, United Republic of
http://www.tanzsolar.org

Project Leader

Marianne Walpert

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

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