Affordable Solar Light for 17000 African Villagers

Oct 14, 2011

TanzSolar Project Update Q4 2011

Roadside charcoal sales
Roadside charcoal sales

Thanks to your ongoing support, TanzSolar has distributed over 1500 solar lights so far this year, bringing us to over 7,000 systems to date.  We continue to bring the lights to villagers in the Northern, Lake Zone region of Tanzania.  There are still approximately 1.5 Million households with no electricity in the Lake Zone, so our work is far from over!

The Neutrogena contest is finished, and thanks to all of you who voted for TanzSolar.  We were honored to be selected and it was a close race.  Even though we did not win we are happy to announce that Neutrogena will be making an $8,000 donation to our project, which we will make good use of in subsidizing over 300 additional lighting systems.

TanzSolar is also appreciative of the support of the Tanzanian Rural Energy Agency.  Our first grant from the REA was used to help TanzSolar reach hundreds of villagers, to print marketing materials, make our booth for the village markets, and to develop and print our first 2 solar energy comic books.  You can see these on our website, although they are in Kiswahili, so you might not appreciate all the text!  We hope to enjoy continued support from this agency, who's charter is to get electricity to millions of rural Tanzanians who currently do not have access.  TanzSolar can get these villagers electricity much more quickly and at much lower cost than the under-supplied National power grid.

Please mark your calendars!  Global Giving is having one more bonus day this year.  On October 19, GlobalGiving is matching at 30% all online donations up to $1,000 per donor per project!  We have only 18,559 left to raise on this project; less than 1/3 of our total goal.  Please help us reach this goal with your end-of-year giving.  You are part of movement that is drastically improving lives as well as the global environment.  Every bit helps.

Thank you from Tanzania!

Phone battery charging stand
Phone battery charging stand
Secondary school teachers home with no electricity
Secondary school teachers home with no electricity

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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