The provision of alternative sustainable energy and the empowerment of small entrepreneurs constitute the main idea behind this project “Enabling 18.000 people to access sustainable small scale solar power in Quissanga and Ancuabe districts in Cabo Delgado”. The project is implemented in partnership with the European Union.
The idea is being realized through the training of the local population and installation of 40 solar charging stations. The project is providing clean energy to the local population who do not have access to the national power grid. By using rechargeable lanterns through photovoltaic panels they are able to access solar energy. The lamps are also being used to mobilize for developing other activities in the community such as adults’ literacy groups in the evenings, light to do home work and receive tutoring lessons as well as providing power for small commercial businesses. The lamps have proved to be much healthier than paraffin/Kerosene lamps that have been linked to respiratory diseases through smoke inhalation.
This project’s receptiveness continues to be positive; the demand for the solar lamps and mobile phone charging system is increasing. There are many villages that are requesting for the project to be extend to their areas, as well as it was necessary to remove few solar charging stations from one village to another, in order to ensure that this increasing demand is answered.
The project aims to train 2,400 people (approx. 400 families) on how to obtain solar energy from sustainable small-scale energy power stations in Changalane. This project aims to provide an innovative energy solution to rural communities in Mozambique. The project is funded by EEP (Environmental and Energy Programs) - MFA Finland.
The installation of solar energy systems has enabled the rural families to have access to better education, the possibility to take part in income generating activities and to develop local businesses. At least 800 children will be able to study after dusk, which will improve their performance at school. 50 local business people will receive training on how to use the new technology to develop their businesses, 200 community leaders and members will be given capacity training on how to use the new technology to improve their economy and general living standards.
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