In Zimbabwe, most rural communities - including those in Gutu district - have no electricity. Families have to rely on kerosene lamps to light their homes, which are expensive and present significant health risks, otherwise people are left in the dark, unable to work or study.
Having no electricity supply also means that farmers are unable to make the most of their nearby irrigation scheme. Despite being able to grow more, because of this lack of power, they're unable to store many crops for very long or process what they grow, and so get the best prices. The absence of decent lighting in local clinics also makes emergency procedures far more risky.
How we're helping
With your support, we can help provide homes, farmers and even local business people with solar panels and equipment. Having safe, bright light will mean that families can make any home-based businesses more productive, and students of all ages will have more opportunity to study.
Thanks to a community business centre run by solar power, local famers will be able 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.
It's also great news for the district's clinic, which will now be 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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