Zimbabwe: solar systems

Would you like to transform a poor community in Zimbabwe?


Help provide reliable electricity in Zimbabwe

Introducing solar power can really kick-start something special - from helping to save lives in local clinics, through to increasing the income of small-scale farmers, right up to establishing community-based energy business opportunities.

Your donation can do something brilliant

It will go towards funding innovative ideas such as installing solar panels for lighting, refrigeration and pumping clean water at Mataruse clinic, run by Sister Makura. 

"I can't believe my eyes, after so many years working in darkness and without water at this clinic, now we have electricity to help store vaccines, and I can wash as if I was in town.

"Now, we can handle night-time baby deliveries at the clinic without the risks of working with inadequate light. Our babies and children can be vaccinated at anytime as we now keep our vaccines here."

All of which is great news for her and the 800 families the clinic serves.

What your money can buy

£50 could provide a solar-powered lantern and phone charger to a village savings committee

£46 could help a pupil get solar-powered lighting and clean water at her secondary school

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Annie Bungeroth

Midwives, Sister Mandava and Dianna Mcgapa, working by candlelight at the Mazuru clinic where there is no electricity.

Annie Bungeroth

A bit of background

In Zimbabwe, many rural communities have no electricity. In Gutu district, families have to rely on expensive, dangerous kerosene lamps to light their homes, otherwise they are left in the dark, unable to work or study.

Having no electricity supply means that farmers cannot work in the evening to collect in their harvest or check on their animals, and have no reliable access to information on market prices or weather forecasts. Rural clinics also struggle, without decent lighting or a regular water supply, treating patients is far more risky.

How we're helping

With your support, we can help provide homes, farms, schools, clinics and businesses in Gutu with solar power. Having safe, bright light will mean that families can make home-based businesses more productive, and students of all ages will have more opportunity to study.

A new community business centre run by solar power will enable farmers to process, pack and store more of what they grow, and so get better prices year round. And as the demand for solar power increases, we'll help local people establish their own small businesses to supply people's needs with services like phone-charging.

It's also great news for the local Magombedze clinic, which will now be better able to undertake potentially life-saving procedures at night, as well as provide better health care thanks to clean, running water and proper storage of vaccines.

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Look how far your money can go

However much you can afford, your donation will really change lives. Just ask the people you've already helped. Ipaishe Masvingise is head of a large household that includes her elderly mother, sisters, children and an adopted orphan:

 Life used to be very tough and we never dreamt that there would be electricity here. We used to rely on paraffin lamps for lighting. In most cases children could not study after school since there was not enough light and there were the health risks involved.

Thanks to Oxfam funding the electricity project in this remote area, we have solar lamps and now I enjoy my life and I can spend a lot of time together with my family after sunset.

Photo: Annie Bungeroth