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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