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Zimbabwe: Solar systems

Sister Mandava, Acting nurse in charge at Mazuru clinic, demonstrating the difficulties of working by candlelight.

Funding target: £170,000

Year 2 of a 3 year project
A lack of electricity is stifling development in Zimbabwe's poor rural communities. Affordable, sustainable energy will boost agricultural and domestic businesses and help save lives in local clinics. Your support could transform an entire community.

About the project

Transform lives in rural Zimbabwe with solar power for schools, clinics and businesses

Most poor communities in rural Zimbabwe have no reliable electricity supply. It means that health services cannot carry out night-time treatments. Families have no choice but to use dangerous, inefficient kerosene lamps to light their homes; while farmers struggle to power processing facilities and run home-based industries so that their produce can fetch better prices. With your support we aim to:

With your support we aim to:

  • Enhance education and health provision in rural areas by equipping a school and a clinic with solar-powered electricity;
  • Increase incomes and productivity by introducing renewable energy solutions for home and farm-based businesses and establishing a village savings and loans scheme;
  • Improve living conditions by enabling an entire community to access a cleaner, more affordable, and more sustainable source of energy.

Who will benefit

New agricultural facilities will directly benefit 450 farming households near the agri-business centre. Electricity in homes and solar lanterns will provide lighting for 273 households. Lighting, IT equipment and battery charging facilities will benefit 480 school children from Gomba secondary school. Indirectly 19,200 people will benefit from improvements to Gomba secondary school, the agri-business centre's services and facilities, and the local community health clinic's vaccines, lighting and piped water.

How we are helping

Ipaishe's story

 Life used to be very tough and we never dreamt that there would be electricity here since the national grid lines are about 20 km away from my house. We used to rely on candles and paraffin-powered lamps and biogas for lighting. This tough life would have continued had Oxfam not helped to fund the electricity project in this remote area. Today we have solar lamps which only need sunlight and we are able to use the light for many hours after sunset.

Ipaishe Masvingise is head of a household that includes her elderly mother, sisters, children and an adopted orphan. Ipaishe is a beneficiary of and marketing coordinator for the Ruti Irrigation Scheme.

Photo: Annie Bungeroth/Oxfam.

The budget


If you would like to learn more, download the full project details here (PDF, 1.18MB).

Inspired to make a difference?

By giving directly to this project you can be sure you are transforming people's lives. All of the money you give will go towards providing renewable energy in rural Zimbabwe. Get in touch to find out how you can help.

(if applicable)

Individual donors:

Emma Learner -
01865 472108

Trusts and Foundations:

Kylie Sheaf - 
01865 473578


Peter William Hall -
01865 473445

If you're based in Scotland:

Angus Nelson -
0141 285 8863

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