Sub-Saharan Africa

Beehives Stop Elephant Crop-Raids in Kenya

Jul 16th, 2011 | By John Waller | Category: Natural World, Sub-Saharan Africa

Innovative beehive fences have helped a community in Kenya to successfully protect crops from elephants, according to research. Scientists found the hives to be a very effective barrier; elephants turned away from them in 97% of their attempted raids.

SELF Named a Winner in Ashoka’s Changemakers Challenge

Jul 10th, 2010 | By John Waller | Category: SELF, Sub-Saharan Africa, Top Story

The Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF) has been announced as one of three winners in the Women | Tools | Technology Challenge sponsored by Ashoka’s Changemakers and ExxonMobil in partnership with the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW). Other winning entries were submitted by Bicycling Empowerment Network Namibia, Namibia, and Lua Nova Association, Brazil. [...]

Kenyan Women Light Up Villages with Solar Power

Jul 5th, 2010 | By John Waller | Category: Sub-Saharan Africa

Let there be light. And thanks to the efforts of rural women in one of the most remote corners of the Kenyan republic, lights turn on as night falls at the end of a sunny day. Tucked away in the remote villages of Olando and Got Kaliech in rural Kenya, residents in this poor outpost [...]

Liberia Finds Solar Power Gets Things Moving Again

Oct 24th, 2009 | By John Waller | Category: Sub-Saharan Africa, Top Story, US Government

Liberians who live, study, or work outside the limited electric grid of the capital, Monrovia, do not have affordable, reliable light. A place to charge a mobile phone is a daily quest. Less than 2 percent of rural areas and about 10 percent of the urban capital area have modern energy sources. People who live [...]

SolarAid launches micro-franchise commitment at Clinton Global Initiative

Oct 16th, 2009 | By John Waller | Category: Sub-Saharan Africa

SolarAid announced at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York its new commitment to scaling up a micro-franchise network across East Africa to reduce greenhouse gases and boost economic development. SolarAid is identifying, training and supporting a growing network of micro-franchisees under the brand name Sunnymoney. These franchisees are drawn from the poorest communities in [...]

Solar Power Brings Light and Water to Ugandan Hospital

Oct 15th, 2009 | By John Waller | Category: Sub-Saharan Africa, US Government

Lack of electricity is a core cause of malnutrition, starvation, illiteracy and extreme poverty around the world. Moreover, lack of reliable, affordable, clean energy disproportionately harms the health, education and productivity of women and children—who make up the majority of the poor in any community. Providing electricity to poor communities can reduce the amount of [...]

PlayPump has brought water and fun to more than 1200 communities

Oct 3rd, 2009 | By John Waller | Category: Sub-Saharan Africa

Access to clean drinking water is critical for human survival and is an essential ingredient for improving the lives of those living in poverty in developing countries. And yet: More than one billion people worldwide do not have access to clean water. Water-related diseases are the leading cause of death in the world, taking the [...]

Light Gives Students a Chance at Night School

Aug 24th, 2009 | By John Waller | Category: Solar PV, Sub-Saharan Africa, US Government

Less than two percent of Liberia’s estimated two million rural dwellers have access to electricity. Most rely on candles or small kerosene lamps to light up their evening activities. But limited lighting impedes chores after dark, prevents post-dusk operation of small businesses, limits the ability of students to study, and contributes to poor security. At [...]

Sunnymoney Micro-Franchising Project

Mar 14th, 2009 | By John Waller | Category: Solar-Aid, Sub-Saharan Africa

Sunnymoney is the name given to SolarAid’s innovative solar products. It gives small-scale solar entrepreneurs in Kenya the means to earn an independent income – and help eradicate the use of harmful kerosene. Why support Sunnymoney? Sunnymoney is a means for people to lift themselves out of poverty. By offering solar micro-franchisees training in business [...]

Solar for Children Project

Jan 27th, 2009 | By John Waller | Category: Solar PV, Solar-Aid, Sub-Saharan Africa

The majority of Tanzania’s electricity supply is generated by hydropower. This is highly vulnerable to drought, which is occurring more frequently with climate change. In 2006, a severe drought resulted in countrywide power cuts and blackouts. Currently, the electrical grid reaches a small proportion of the country’s population. In rural areas, families rely on firewood [...]