Across the Mwinilunga region of Northwestern Zambia, only 3-5% of households have access to the electric grid, forcing families to rely on costly kerosene and firewood, which causes long-term respiratory problems. Furthermore, smallholder farmers lack the productivity tools necessary to increase crop yields and maintain high-quality harvests.
Together with Chejezhi Africa, TEL will identify market opportunities for increasing access to sustainable lighting, improved cooking solutions and technologies to improve agricultural productivity.
TEL developed qualitative household surveys to assess lighting, cooking and productive-use energy needs within communities across Mwinilunga. These surveys will provide key insights into immediate and aspirational needs, local supply chains, household purchasing power, and decisio nmaking behavior. Once the surveys have been analyzed, TEL and Chejezhi Africa will co-design a program to introduce affordable and culturally acceptable renewable energy solutions.
Stay tuned for the results of our surveying activities, and our forthcoming energy program with Chejezhi Africa!