Solar Energy in Tanzania

Despite having solar and wind energy, we learned Rift Valley Children’s Village (RVCV) was spending an average of $800 a month for diesel fuel to run their generator because they didn’t have enough electricity to pump the water from their well.

Nestled among the coffee plantations in the Karatu region of northern Tanzania, this children’s home is an oasis of laughter and joy for 94 children. We were blessed to visit them for 3 days in 2015.

The staff here works with local village leaders to identify orphaned children in the surrounding community in need of the safe haven RVCV can provide. When they arrive they are often are suffering from malnutrition, weakened immune systems, and emotional scars.

As with most children’s homes, budgets are tight, so when we heard how much money each month went to run their generator, we reached out to a solar company in Kenya and discovered that for $9,400 we could add enough capacity to eliminate that cost. That’s a one-year return on investment!

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