Project Launch: 2-26-19
Communities in Mtuzuzu continue to face challenges accessing energy for lighting, powering radios, charging phones and studying because it is located far from the national power grid. Proposed by Center for Child Development and Research, Green Village project will provide solar lantern products that will be sold to community members on a pay-as-you-go basis and establish kitchen gardens where households will grow vegetables for improved nutrition and economic benefits to aid households while they channel the funds spent on procuring vegetables to paying for the solar lanterns procured.
The project will work with 20 existing groups in group liability model. At the start, 150 members will be targeted to be connected to off-grid power and the number will increase as the project progresses. 500 members will be introduced to backyard gardening in the project. The green villages project will lead to increased access to lighting by community members and improved income levels through commissions and small scale phone charging businesses. Members will also generate income by selling vegetables grown in their backyard gardens in addition to improving households nutrition levels. Far and above, the project will offer a lifetime opportunity to over 500 students to study and improve performance in their respective schools. The project is expected to impact over 1,000 households in the next two years.
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