Tanzania: Conducting Periodic Inspection on Life Innovation Container! Tanzania Mbola Village Report (1)
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.
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.
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.
We found that the LIC was functioning normally without any problems.
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.
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.