Capacity building of the female solar photovoltaic technicians

Capacity building of the female solar photovoltaic technicians

Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
$250,000 - $500,000
Project Summary
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The project aims at training women on the solar photovoltaic technology. There are opportunities of women self employing, but few women have opportunity of attaining the knowledge. In addition, there are women employed in solar supplying shops, but lack knowledge on solar technology, making their employment not assured. Shop owners dismiss them when the trained people apply for the posts.

About You
Tanzania Solar Energy Association
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Section 2: About Your Organization
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Organization Name

Tanzania Solar Energy Association

Organization Phone


Organization Address

P.O. Box 32643 Dar es Salaam

Organization Country

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How long has this organization been operating?

More than 5 years

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Your idea
Country your work focuses on

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What makes your idea unique?

The government of Tanzania has been training solar technicians for five year now. The consideration of promoting women in the field of solar photovoltaic technology, has not been considered. There are 148 solar photovoltaic technicians trained, among them, only 10 are women. The female technicians have proved to be very competent. This idea aims at increasing the involvement of women in the development of solar photovoltaic technology.

Solar photovoltaic technology is the affordable alternative source of energy for rural lighting in Tanzania. Only 2% of the rural communities in Tanzania is connected to the grid. Solar photovoltaic technology is being accepted in the rural Tanzania, but the capacity is lacking.

This idea will increase the participation of women in development of the technology through training them on understanding the technology, designing and installation of solar systems.

The women who are working as solar sellers will be equiped with the knowledge of explaining the technology to customers in the right way. There are customers who would like to know about the sizes, capacities and limitations of solar photovoltaic systems. Most of women sellers can not answer such questions.

Some women will work as installers of solar photovoltaic systems and play a role of system maintenance.

The idea will offer 12 women with employment opportunities, giving them economical strength, and contribute to the climate mitigation. The effect of cimate mitigation will be realised when people in rural area stop using kerosene lamps and petrol generators for electricity supply.

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Tell us about the social impact of your innovation. Please include both numbers and stories as evidence of this impact

The impact of this idea will be giving economical strength to the women. Women will be able to participate in the technical activities. They will add value to the use of solar photovoltaic systems as an alternative of electricity supply to the rural Tanzania.

The trained women will change pyschological thinking of women that they can not do works done by men.

The installed solar systems will save environment from pollution.

Problem: Describe the primary problem(s) that your innovation is addressing

The primary problem addressed is the low level of employment opportunities of women in technical fields. Women are working in the solar photovoltaic field without basic training.

Actions: Describe the steps that you are taking to make your innovation a success. What might prevent that success?

1. The potential trainees will be identified.
2. Training to be carried out by Tanzania Solar Energy Association using its training capacity.
3. There will be follow up on the performance.

Some employers might refuse to release the women for training.
The bottleneck will be overcome through raising awareness of the shop owners on the benefit of training those sellers.

Results: Describe the expected results of these actions over the next three years. Please address each year separately, if possible

1. 12 women will be trained. They will be able to get job or employ themselves, and increase their economic strength.
2. The custommers will receive right information about solar photovoltaic systems.

How many people will your project serve annually?

What is the average monthly household income in your target community, in US Dollars?

$50 - 100

Does your innovation seek to have an impact on public policy?


If your innovation seeks to impact public policy, how?

To influence the government to increase the number of girls joining the technical schools, as our project will prove that women can be good technicians.

What stage is your project in?

Idea phase

Does your organization have a board of directors or an advisory board?


Does your organization have a non monetary partnerships with NGOs?


Does your organization have a non monetary partnerships with businesses?


Does your organization have a non monetary partnerships with government?


Please tell us more about how partnerships could be critical to the success of your innovation

We have patnership with organisations that promote gender mainstreaming. The organisations will help us to encourage girls/women attending technical trainings.

We would like to learn more about how your initiative is financially supported. Please explain your business plan/revenue model

Our initiatives are supported by Ministry of Energy and Minerals, Tanzania.

The ministry has been contracting our associations to implement capacity building and awareness raising activities about renewable energies.

The Story
What was the defining moment that led you to this innovation?

We have conducted a study on shops selling solar products and found that there a lot of women selling without basic knowledge on solar photovoltaic technology.

Tell us about the person—the social innovator—behind this idea.

The innovator is Eng. Matthew Matimbwi, the professional personnel in renewable energy and extension skills.

How did you first hear about Changemakers?

Through another organization or company

If through another source, please provide the information


Does your project address any of the following barriers to women’s technology access and use?

Women’s time poverty, Women’s lack of involvement in the technology development process.

If you checked any of the boxes above, please explain how.

Women are not involved mcuh in the technical trainings. We want to increase the women participation.

Does your project involve women in one or more of the following stages of the technology lifecycle? Identification of the problem the technology will solve:

Technology training.

If you checked any of the boxes above, please explain how you will ensure women’s involvement in each relevant phase of the technology lifecycle.

The trainer will be a woman.

If women are a focus of your project, how did this focus evolve?

The project focused on women from its conception., The project developed a focus on women over time., The project was adapted to focus on women as a response to this challenge..

Which type of women will your project reach directly?

Low income.

In what ways does your project team/leadership involve women?

The core project team includes women., The core project team includes women from developing countries..

Has your organization formed any new partnerships in response to this challenge? If so, with what type/s of organization/s?


Has your project leadership had prior experience with the following?

Working with women, Working with technologies, Working to increase women's economic empowerment through technology, Working on innovation.