The United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) in association with Ensol Tanzania Ltd have successfully brought electricity to 50 households in Mpale, a village in the Korogwe District in Tanzania, which was the goal of their latest project.
The village lies in a remote mountainous area in the Tanga region with a population of around 3,000 people across 730 homes.
The village has had access to power since its inception in 1972, but only through the use of kerosene. This has proven to be hazardous. This has further accentuated the importance of the project.
Dr Juliana Pallangyo, the Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Energy and Minerals spoke glowingly about the project and the positive change it will bring to the social lives of the inhabitants and also the economic sphere of the region.
“I would like to thank UNCDF and Ensol for their efforts in promoting access to electricity. Particularly renewable energy to improve local economic development and livelihoods,” she was quoted saying.
There are also plans in place to improve the scope of the project by powering a further 250 households by June 2018.
“I would like to urge Mpale villagers and all other people in this district to use power for income generating activities and not for lighting only,” said Dr Palangyo
She also informed that the health centre at Mpale will also directly benefit from the project and receive power from the micro-grid.
Project Manager Mr. Prosper Magali was also quick to express his gratitude to the UNCDF and Ensol for their contributions to the progress of the region.