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Tanzania: Conducting Periodic Inspection on Life Innovation Container! Tanzania Mbola Village Report (2)

 

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 In October 2011, Panasonic installed a Life Innovation Container (LIC) in the remote village of Mbola located in the heart of Tanzania where electric power is not yet available. Six months before that, in April 2011, Panasonic also provided the village with solar lanterns. We interviewed the people of Mbola to find out how they were using these solar lanterns.
The solar lanterns were donated to United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Tanzania for its project in Mbola. This is a report on what has happened in the more than 18 months since the donation was made.

Mbola Primary School teacher
"We use one inside the classroom, and another is turned down low and placed outside to improve security."

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Homemaker of farm family (1)
"We use it to provide light in the room, or when the children are reading and writing. Recently, there have been some thefts of these solar lanterns in the neighborhood, so we keep a close eye on them when they are charging."

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Homemaker of farm family (2)
"We were using kerosene lamps, but the solar lanterns are so much safer, and they are easier to carry. I use it when cooking."


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Though they use them for indoor illumination at night, they also mentioned that they would be very happy if the lamps could charge more rapidly. 

 

Tanzania: Conducting Periodic Inspection on Life Innovation Container! Tanzania Mbola Village Report (1)

 

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In October 2011, Panasonic donated a Life Innovation Container (LIC) in the remote village of Mbola located in the heart of Tanzania where electric power is not yet available. 
A year after the donation, we visited Mbola to conduct periodic inspection on the LIC and observe how the unit was being used.

 

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First, we checked on each of the devices on the control panel and then on the status of the rechargeable batteries as part of the regular maintenance routine.

 

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Then, we collected the data from the monitors attached to the rechargeable batteries and performed other operations for doing analysis back in Japan, followed by a check of the external equipment, such as the solar panel, connecting cables.

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We found that the LIC was functioning normally without any problems.

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The LIC itself is located near the Mbola Primary School and is being used to provide power for the school's computer lab. It is also being used by the village residents to charge their mobile phones.

 

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One of the people using the mobile phone charging service said that he used the service twice a week.

Before the LIC was installed, the village had no electric power, and they used kerosene lamps and candles for illumination. With the introduction of the LIC, the villagers came to know the benefits of having free access to electric power.