Update from Musoma, Tanzania

Posted 1 February 2018 by Eva Wissenz.

After three months of rainy weather, the sun is back in Musoma and Alpha Women’s group is back with delicious solar baked breads! We’ve just got pictures from our partner, Global Resource Alliance.

Alpha Women’s group used improved cook-stoves and kettles to bake scones, for themselves and their families, approximately twice per week, and was looking to increase production to sell bread to other villagers. After implementation of the SOL5 in June 2017, the group began to use the SOL5 baking oven up to five times per week, and started selling their baking products to new customers.

Their business started immediately in June 2017, right after the installation. We have installed a hybrid machine for that group and in the future we may see the group is diversifying their activities to processing roasted beans, which was not planned at beginning but possible with our hybrid technology.

This entrepreneurial group is very motivated and even though they did not have extensive business experience, the data is showing clearly that the training is good and the installed solar concentrator is in regular use when it’s sunny and not too cloudy.

It will be interesting to see in subsequent data analysis the impact of the SOL5 on their income generation. Data collection and analysis is continuing with more investigation on the economics of the group’s solar thermal entrepreneurship.

People are very curious about the SOL5, and many want to get one. We are actively working with our partners to implement our activity locally to spread the SOL5 technology as much as possible.


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