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.

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What your money can buy

£15 is enough to produce an operation and maintenance manual, invaluable in helping people to look after the solar lantern system

£50 is enough to install an entire solar lantern system and light up people's lives

£210 is enough to provide invaluable tools for the electrical technicians that carry out this vital work, such as a hacksaw, wood saw, gloves, and tool box

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, 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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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