Tag Archives: Tanzania

Solarkiosk: Innovative “connected solar market centres” drive small businesses, solar energy

Wednesday February 15th, 2017 - Smart Villages

Marc Zedler, Project Manager, Connected Solar Market Centers (CSMC), Solarkiosk Location: Berlin, Germany and across Africa “Focus on a core group of entrepreneurs who engage with the community” For Marc Zedler, there is a bigger picture at Solarkiosk, a German solar company operating in multiple African countries. Having a service which provides rural communities with… […]

Rafiki Power: Solar power creates new off-grid business opportunities

In this video, you’ll learn about the new business opportunities that solar power has created in one off-grid village in northern Tanzania. Rafiki Power’s solar kiosk allows an entrepreneur to build his business while selling mobile money, charging phones, and providing other useful services to the wider community.

Making an impact with clean tech in Tanzania

Tuesday January 31st, 2017 - Smart Villages

Interview with Jodie Wu CEO & Founder at Global Cycle Solutions “New products need to be used and experienced and taught” When Jodie Wu was still an engineering student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, she invented a simple device that let farmers use a bicycle to shell corn. The mechanism allowed rural farmers to… […]

Juabar’s “Media Hubs” bring women’s health TV and Swahili “Sesame Street” to rural Tanzania

Wednesday November 2nd, 2016 - Smart Villages

Interview with Olivia Nava Co-founder and CEO, Juabar Location: Oakland, California / Tanzania “Anywhere where there is mobile money, there is a potential for services in delivery and market opportunities.” Juabar is a solar entrepreneurs’ network which has been based in Tanzania since 2013. The three-person company behind the initial model, of a solar panel… […]

Changing lives with energy access: Micro-hydro grids in rural Tanzania, Part 1

An Italian project (CEFA) and the local village company (MVC) have installed a mini-hydro grid in the southern highlands of Tanzania. The project has helped a large off-grid area of Matembwe village to access electricity and build up the local economy and services. It is sustainable thanks to management and maintenance.

No one left behind: Smart Villages / EASAC at European Development Days 2016

Tuesday August 2nd, 2016 - Smart Villages

The Smart Villages Initiative and the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC) held a debate session, “Can energy access alone end poverty?” as part of European Development Days (EDD). EDD is organised by the European Commission and “brings the development community together each year to share ideas and experiences in ways that inspire new partnerships… […]

Education and entrepreneurship: How solar energy impacts Tanzanian villages

How has solar energy changed the lives of people in rural Tanzania? In this video, you’ll hear from villagers themselves – including small business owners and students. You’ll also hear from Mobisol, one of several companies active in providing solar energy to rural villages. Video by: Steve Martin Saning’o, Terrat, Tanzania  

Terrat, Tanzania: A “smart village”

In this village, you’ll learn about Terrat, a village in northern Tanzania. In an effort to help Maasai learn about their land rights, Martin Saning’o Kariongi sought to create a radio station. But to do this, he knew he had to find a sustainable and reliable source of energy to power it. As the work… […]

Energy policies for off-grid villages in Tanzania

Thursday June 30th, 2016 - Andrew Mnzava

It is hard to talk about development in off-grid villages without talking about energy. Health, education, food security, productive enterprise and environmental well-being, as well as participatory democracy, can all be achieved if good policies are in place, but they depend not only on access to energy but on the provision of information. Sustainable and… […]