Affordable Solar Light for 17000 African Villagers

by TanzSolar Ltd.
Jan 17, 2012

January 2012 Update

TanzSolar field team with a happy client
TanzSolar field team with a happy client

TanzSolar’s first Global Giving project, Affordable Solar Light for 12500 African Villagers, is 94% funded.  The money you have donated has changed the lives of over 11,500 villagers.  These families now have electric light.


Over the holidays I could not help but be especially struck by the contrast between our lives in the US and the lives of rural Tanzanians.  I love holiday lights and shopping for gifts for my family, don’t get me wrong.  And yet I remember that in Tanzania they may have a church service, but there’s no holiday event at home because they don’t have money to spend or places to shop.  Certainly no colored lights!  But they do have close family ties and a strong community.  They have farms and good food.  And now, thanks to you, many of them have clean, electric lighting.


Please help us finish this project and continue to support this ongoing work through our website;  In addition, we have a second project on Global Giving; Solar Electricity for an African School.  Please take a look at that project.  It’s a much smaller project, with a $12,000 total budget.  We are raising money to complete our first rural secondary school electrification.  None of the Secondary Schools in our region have electricity.  We plan that this is the first of many, so it is especially important to us.


All of us at TanzSolar and the people of the Lake Zone in Tanzania thank you for your support.  Collectively your donations have made a significant difference to a large, hard-working rural population, and it is greatly appreciated.

We would like to offer a special thanks to our organizational supporters; Neutrogena Corporation, Finlandia, Café Press, Africa Solar Fund, Connect to Change, Rural Energy Agency of Tanzania, Fundacion Colegio Americano De Puebla, The Dwelle Family Foundation, Marin/SF Jewish Community Teen Foundation, SIGG USA, Weller Investment Company, Argent & Schuster Inc, and Lucapost.

Bookkeeping - replacement parts for pv system.
Bookkeeping - replacement parts for pv system.
Typical rural Tanzania TanzSolar solar home.
Typical rural Tanzania TanzSolar solar home.
Rural school.
Rural school.



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TanzSolar Ltd.

Location: Musoma, Mara - Tanzania, United Republic of
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Marianne Walpert
Board Member, Executive Director
Musoma, MARA Region Tanzania, United Republic of

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