Tanzania: Conducting Periodic Inspection on Life Innovation Container! Tanzania Mbola Village Report (2)
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."
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."
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."
Of the homes we visited, there were one or two lanterns in each. Every home was making good use of the solar lanterns, and many of people asked for more of them.
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.