What solution(s) does your initiative address to help emerging entrepreneurs and small businesses grow and thrive in underserved communities? (select all applicable)
Access to financing, Access to technology, Access to economic opportunity.
What has been the impact of your solution to date?
The initial pilot resulted in the installation of solar panels in 40 dispensaries in the Tunduru and Mbinga regions. The revenue from the cell phone charging has resulted in a revenue of approximately $7,500 in under 8 months. Overall Impact: Improved provision of health services in the two districts; Improved malaria screening capacity
improved maternal and infant mortality, and emergency services by replacing kerosene and candles with electric bulbs for delivering babies; reduced indoor fire risk; reduced indoor air pollution; less reliance on gasoline or kerosene which is intermittently available.
The solar installations power a microscope for diagnosing malaria, a small fridge for storing vaccines, provide light and also generate revenue from cell phone charging to provide support for the provisioning of health care. Further, ENSOL Ltd. has also trained local technicians how to install and maintain solar PV systems, thus supporting local employment.
What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?
Over the next three years the project would electrify every off-grid rural health center and dispensary in Tanzania (~5000) and trained an electrical technician to provide technical support for each of the installations. Our model is also open to serving rural schools, libraries as well as other CSO's and NGO's operating in off-grid areas. This, in turn creates more opportunities for the solar technicians we train and further's the use of renewable energy rather than non-renewable biomass energy.
What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?
Thus far one of the main challenges has been transportation difficulties, especially where the roads are ill maintained. This challenge may be overcome through further reconnaissance on the sites that are chosen for installation. Another issue has been access to the necessary equipment that is often imported through a foreign supplier. This issue will be mitigated by also engaging more local retailers rather than only those that service Dar es Salaam. Another challenge is the business risk of the phone charging revenue. This risk may be mitigated by negotiating "franchise-like" agreements with the district medical officers in which the dispensaries keep the revenue but monthly payments are made to us.
Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact
At 6 months we will have completed at least 10 installations that serve their respective communities and generating revenue.
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