How Tanzanians are Hacking the Energy Crisis


Over 600 million people in sub-Saharan Africa have no power electricity, yet it is life as normal. In the United Republic of Tanzania, the energy crisis is worse.


Could you perform a medical operation in the dark? Recho somehow makes it work.Over 600 million people in sub-Saharan Africa are not letting Africa’s energy crisis stop them. Hear their inspiring stories here:

Posted by Discovery News on Friday, November 20, 2015

Doctors use flashlights of their mobile phones to help pregnant women deliver babies; when kerosene is available they use lanterns. Even to charge their mobile phones at charging stations, some of the residents pay as much as 20 cents. Students read under the kerosene lamps to make their and their community’s lives a better and brighter future, even if that means teary and painful eyes; they don’t let darkness hold them back, they can’t give up. Entrepreneurs are holding fort despite challenges; rolling blackouts mean businesses must pay for expensive generators to keep the power going.

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A mobile phone charging station in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Hussein Mwende, 18, studies by kerosene lamp because his home has no electricity.
Movie theaters like these are in villages across Tanzania, since most homes do not have electricity. Besides paying to watch movies or sports games, residents can also pay to play video games at this theater in Mkuranga, Tanzania.

Seeker Network’s Laura Ling met several Tanzanians who are determined to make it work, despite the lack of power. Mercy Kitomari, who owns a gelato shop in Tanzania, described her business as a point of inspiration for fellow Tanzanians.

“People tell me we’re looking at you, don’t you dare give up. And I think of those things when there’s power outage, just smile and carry on because if I give up, I let them down.”

Although, Tanzania is blessed with many alternative power sources such as wind, natural gas, hydro, solar, solid and liquid water, geothermal and nuclear, which, if fully utilized could produce enough electricity for local consumption and regional export; there is a power crisis that is plunging the entire country into total darkness intermittently.

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