Jan 19, 2011

Lighting a nation, one village at a time -theismaili.org

For years, village representative Kiboko waited desperately for electricity to reach Masurura, in northeastern Tanzania.
“We had a lot of milk that spoiled because we could not store it,” he said. “If we could store it in refrigerators and supply it to other villages, we knew we could make a small industry.”
Growing up in the nearby city of Musoma, Naeem Mawji knew he was one of the lucky few with electricity. Approximately 85 per cent of Tanzanians are unconnected to the power grid, according to the World Bank. Many turn to dangerous alternatives like kerosene lamps. Respiratory diseases from toxic kerosene fumes are a leading cause of death in the country


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