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Bring Solar Light to 500 People in Zeze, Tanzania

by Mboni ya Vijana Group
Bring Solar Light to 500 People in Zeze, Tanzania
Bring Solar Light to 500 People in Zeze, Tanzania
Bring Solar Light to 500 People in Zeze, Tanzania
Bring Solar Light to 500 People in Zeze, Tanzania
Bring Solar Light to 500 People in Zeze, Tanzania
Bring Solar Light to 500 People in Zeze, Tanzania
Bring Solar Light to 500 People in Zeze, Tanzania
Bring Solar Light to 500 People in Zeze, Tanzania
finished turbine
finished turbine

This summer we have been working with the Local Electricity Project to deliver workshops to enable young people in Zeze to make their own wind turbines. 

The workshopgave them the tools to seek out new solutions to the problem of access to electricity, whilst utilising local materials and knowledge. Each participant was supported to determine which local materials and skills can be used to build a wind turbine, able to provide 20W of power, enough to charge 2 mobile phones and power two 5W LED lights.

We  have previously set up a carpentry and welding workshop aimed at improving the skills of Zeze residents. This latest workshop  helped  to boost electricity usage in Zeze, a village 41 km from grid electricity and where only a small number of the population have access to solar.

By utilising local resources and skills, the workshop reduced the cost of electricity whilst also providing opportunities for entrepreneurship and further education.

Everyone who participated learnt many new skills about carpentry and welding, as well as produced a functioning wind turbine. 

It was a great success!

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Group photo
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soldering

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Damian
Damian

Power is vital for the improving the lives of human being, however access is unevenly distributed in rural Africa. Zeze village 41 km from grid electricity and very dark at night.  People chop trees in the forest for cooking and use and burn expensive and smoky kerosene for lighting their homes.

Development of affordable and environmental friendly electricity technologies such as solar technology is playing central role in transforming rural societies like Zeze, and help protect their environment and people.

Grid electricity will not come to Zeze for many years.  Our society is poor and cannot afford even small solar lights, so Mboni ya Vijana has begun our solar light project to support persons in the village to secure solar lights for fair and friendly expenses. This scheme is showing great success as it is bringing happiness and health improving to the poor people at Zeze. There are many case studies which have proven the importance of using solar lights than kerosene and forest woods and below are some case studies from Zeze.

Maria is a single mother nursing her baby. She is not living in the house with electricity. Her baby is very roughly moving here and there. Maria cooks on a forest wood fire which is very danger to her eyes and child as well. She says, “Since I got this solar light, my child can stay in the bed by all the time I am cooking without problem as she is keen with the light from the solar light. It gives me the freedom to cook as my kid is with my solar light and no need to have the kid care – Maria said”. She believes her child would have already injured by fire or boiled water if there were solar light to stay with her kid.

Older persons are the most vulnerable to access to both forest woods and money for kerosene purchase. Solar light provisions gave happiness to Mlenga and Tati who both are older persons. When they received the solar lights, Mlenga says, “This is liberation to my life! I was sleeping in dark with no ability to see anything in the night. For this, I will be able to do some simple works in the night”. Tati says, “Good things are coming at the age I am passing however I am very glad to have this because it will help me to light my homes and will get more time to stay talking to my grandchildren”.

Damian is a young person from Zeze and has a family of four family members including the heads of the family (husband and wife). As other people in the village have no grid electricity, they have adapted the use of solar light. Damian is saying, “It brings happiness in the family because neither soot nor smoke anymore as it was when we were using kerosene to light our home. The solar light suits me and my family and we encourage other to use it for house light”.

With the other stories from beneficiaries of solar light scheme, portrays that, solar light is suitable to the people of Zeze and the other rural societies which are not yet supplied with grid electricity in Tanzania. Apart from lighting the homes, solar lights are worthwhile for reducing cost of buying kerosene and the amount of carbon added to the atmosphere from burning kerosene and the bad health effects on eyes and lungs.

Maria's child
Maria's child
Wazee
Wazee
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Mboni ya Vijana Group

Location: Kigoma - Tanzania, United Republic of
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Project Leader:
Benedicto Benedicto
Kasulu, Kigoma Tanzania, United Republic of

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