Increasing the self-sufficiency and sustainability of 2 rural villages on the Northeast Coast of Zanzibar by providing solar energy. In addition, empowering women from the villages by being the driving force of the project. Women will set up, maintain and hold salaried positions in a local solar workshop donated by each Village. The villages have pledged in writing 10,000tsh per household/per month for the running of the workshop and the replacement fund for batteries in the future.
By February 2012, two women will have been trained as solar engineers, returning to the village of Kanduwi to install 100 homes with solar electrification panels, lights and batteries. This will be repeated with 2 women from Matemwe village in March 2012, returning August 2012 to install again 100 households. The women will all return, trained to train other women to become solar engineers.
PROJECT SITE SELECTION: (phase I)
Zanzibar offers an ideal solar location with long hours of sunlight throughout the year. Having a stable Government situation and rich in both water and food. This means that with the augmentation of solar lighting and rechargeable solar lanterns, that progress could be made in the following areas:
• Studies by children and adults can increase to include evening hours/homework done in the household and night school opportunities.
• Entrepreneurial skills of the villages can be developed through the independent oversight, management and maintenance of the workshop facility and it’s commerce.
• Training facilities can be developed to train other women on the island, creating a knock-on effect/benefit.
• The opportunity for an increase in the making of handicrafts by village women facilitated by working through the evening hours becomes possible.