Project: Tanzania

In 2017, GoSol.org is starting 3 new pilots in Tanzania’s Mara region, on shore of lake Victoria, where solar thermal energy could play a key role in improving livelihoods of rural people.

It was for a us a new partner and a new country, with many new challenges. To start, 3 groups were identified by our partner and got SOL5 devices to improve their business activity.

The Alpha Women’s group is operating a bakery selling bread and cakes made from wheat and kassava flour. They use simple pots and charcoal for baking as they haven’t been able to invest in a proper oven yet.

The second group, Tujijenge, is producing both dehydrated fish and baked goods like the groups above, but they also engage in roasting peanuts and baked sweet potatoes. Every month they spend about $400 in charcoal expenses, and we are keen to see what difference our Sol5 can make for this group.

The last one will use a newly developed solar dehydrator design to dry Tilapia fish. Currently, like so many entrepreneurs in Tanzania, they use firewood to do this. With GoSol they will be able to save the money they spend now on fuel and also produce a higher quality product.

Sponsored by Wärtsilä corporation and in cooperation with Global Resource Aliance, this project enables solar entrepreneurship in high-impact areas where people are in dire need of a clean and affordable energy solution.


Butiama Environmental Expo: The SOL5 Oven gets showcased the first time in Tanzania.
Preparing our showcase at Butiama Expo with our local partner Global Resource Alliance - Tanzania.
At the expo, Vice-President of Tanzania, Ms Suluhu experiences first-hand the powerful SOL5.
The Tujijenge Group, happy and excited about their SOL5 solar concentrator.
The first SOL5 gets installed at the entrepreneurs' compound in Musoma, Tanzania.
The bakers start using their SOL5 right away.
Soon enough they are pulling out the first breads from the SOL5 Oven.
The Alpha Women's Group is preparing their bread for sale. They are now generating sustainable income with every bread sold.

 

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