markamitoabout 1 year ago
I'm Tanzanian and I concur with the notion that social entreprenuers are the most feasable solution to our on-going power hurdles. In general, power around the country is not stable (in terms of contined supply and distribution) regardless of whether you examine this issue along the rural-urban divide. I live in Dar es Salaam and power interruptions, sometimes back-to-back 24 hour outtages, are common in parts of the city. What's needed is for young, proactive minds to come together and spearhead this initiative. Relying on the government or so-called development initiatives will only address specific areas of interest and in the long-term will accomplish very little in terms of providing a sustainable supply. With the success of mobile phone payments in the country (and indeed the East African region), entreprenuers should leverage on mobile technologies as a platform for collectiong payments especially amonng the rural poor for electricity connections/distribution. A key reminder in any initiative is that it must be owned by local champions for it to have lasting and meaningful impact.