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Greening Africa Together: Senegal - PV4All Energize Koram!

Photovoltaics for All - The 1200 inhabitants village Koram of Senegal wants green energy: photovoltaic off-grid systems, streetlighting, education for the local population

A. Hübner from Greening Africa Together / TU BerlinWrite a message

We at Greening Africa Together are a nonprofit network of NGOs, universities and institutions that sat ambitious goals in encourage, empower and enable especially the African youth to fight against climate changes and provide perspectives in Africa together. For that we concentrate on a close cooperation with our partner universities in Africa and the local population.

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The third year in a row now we work with the 1200 inhabitants village Koram of Senegal together. The village is not connected to the general electricity grid and the need for electricity increased recently. In direct conversations with the local population the essential needs have been found and put together:

In Koram the twilight hours are quiet long and the village has no streetlights. Light on the dark streets would increase security and enable the social exchange particularly in the evening hours.

The idea is, to put up photovoltaic off-grid streetlighting systems at visited community places. Off-grid means the system is self-sufficient. PV-module, battery and LED-Lamp are in a compact and self-contained unit. The failure of one lantern does not effect the others. Also repairing and maintainance are very easy.

PV for Households:
The lighting situation in most houses of the village is very poor. Because of the missing electricity the lighting is provided by kerosene oil lamps. Kerosene is not only made by mineral oil, it is also responsible for some house fires in the past and thus a security risk for the user.

With the provision of microcredits households could be equipped with photovoltaic systems. This would enable the local population the use of lamps and other elecrical devices with reliable and sustainable energy. The village contains 67 households in total, of wich 10 are already equipped with Photovoltaic systems.
The microcredits should be payed back within 2 years and will be available for further projects.

Sona's Freezer:
At the conversations with the population a lovely woman from the village introduced us to her business idea. Her name is Sona Badgi and she wants to sell ice, she said. The ice-blocks are for cooling foods and beverages.

The fewest have an own refrigerator and the need for cooling is high in Senegal. Compareable projects have shown that ice-making is a lucrative business. Cooled foods have a longer storage life and facilitate the structure of everyday life. Therefor we want to support Sona with a microcredit as well to install a solar powered Freezer to produce ice for the community.