Tanzania - Multifunctional Platform NEWS: DGIS Support to EASE 2007-2010 Conﬁrmed
TaTEDO plans to introduce multifunctional platforms (MFP) on a large scale in
We are happy to announce that the Netherlands Directorate-General for
Tanzania. Mali-Folkecenter (who recently joined EASE) has ample experience
International Cooperation (DGIS) conﬁrmed its commitment to co-fund
with the platforms and shared its knowledge with TaTEDO during a two week
EASE for the next 4 years. EASE is one of 4 ETC Foundation programmes
exchange visit in June. The ﬁrst installation is planned for this month in Engaruka
(with ENERGIA, COMPAS and Prolinnova) that came together in one ETC
wide proposal. The initially released documents show DGIS highly valued
This project will provide access to energy services like milling, grinding, oil press- the quality, innovation, and coherence of our programmes.
ing, battery charging and mini-grid electriﬁcation to 50 households in Engaruka.
Since there is relatively large production of jatropha seeds in the area, it is We are happy with and proud of the outcome. The approval means secu-
envisaged that the MFP will run on jatropha oil in the future. The MFP will be co- rity of the continuation of our work for the next 4 years and the pleas-
owned by the village, TaTEDO and Diligent (a jatropha company based in Arusha ant and important challenge to demonstrate in reality what we have put
and partner in this project). down on paper: energy access for 350,000 people!
“SPOTLIGHT ON END-USER”
Tanzania - EASE Direct Support Issue 4, October 2006
Through EASE Direct Support, schools will get access to solar light and improved ENERGY ACCESS IN MALPASO, BOLIVIA
cook stoves. Three schools in Kilimanjaro have received this support recently. The
lights at school are already used by the students and teachers in preparing for the Señora Albelina is a 53 year old lady with three children and three grandchildren.
national exams in the evening. The improved stoves remove smoke from the kitchen She is just returning with their 22 sheep and is happy to be back in her four room
and save ﬁrewood. This has a positive impact on the environment and means that house. The family has some agricultural land where they grow potatoes and maize. A
children will not have to bring wood to school as frequenly as before. bull stands close by the house, a new one expected to arrive next week. A small pig
screams in the bushes, a kitten comes along with señora Albelina while we talk.
EASE Direct Support has developed an You can also adopt a school...
installation protocol for Tanzania, which The house looks good, but the family does belong to the poorest in Bolivia. Señora
can be applied to other EASE countries. Join the EASE Direct Support initiative and Albelina has bought a solar panel in 2004 on credit and already repaid her debt. Right
The protocol ensures that the needs of help rural schools in Tanzania get access to after she did, she ordered one of the improved cook stoves for her kitchen. The solar
the schools are met, that schools are light and improved cooking. The schools do not panel mainly serves for lighting at night, which was very necessary… Laughing, she
have the ﬁnancial means to make this happen
actively involved, and that use is made tells us the following story. “Before we had electric light, we cooked by the light of
and appeal to you to improve the quality of
of sustainable businesses for installa- education. candles. Visibility was not good. One day we went outside to get some extra water
tion, maintenance and repair of solar for the soup, but when the soup was done and I started serving it, I saw a FROG in
PV systems. the soup! We took the frog out and thought the soup was delicious… This could never
happen with electric lights”.
Tanzania - Rent-a-Light The family installed three lights, which allows them to work longer hours at night:
“Nowadays, I always peel the potatoes for the next day at night”. Before, they would
Sabuko village in the Kilimanjaro region is not connected to the grid. To improve just go to bed after dark, which is early in Bolivia. The children play more at night.
lighting in the village, EASE-Tanzania has entered a partnership with the Faraja Di- She is the only one of all the people in the area with solar panels to not have a TV.
aconic Centre (FDC) to pilot renting solar lanters to 15-20 FDC employees. FDC will She would like to, but does not have the money yet.
host the charging station for the lanterns and will be involved in project manage-
ment. The lanterns are rented on a hire-purchase basis and are expected to be fully The new cook stove has not replaced the traditional one. The big pots with potatoes
owned by the users after about two years. are cooked on the traditional stove, the small pots with rice and pasta are cooked
on the new cook stove. Especially when all eight family members come to eat in her
house, the new cook stove is not big enough, so she combines it with the traditional
one. The new cook stove does save wood, though it takes a bit longer to cook the
Tanzania - Baking a Better Life Tanzania - Improved Wood
Many rural people are interested
in setting up a small bread-baking This project is scaling up dissemina-
business with the charcoal oven de- tion of various models of improved
veloped by TaTEDO. EASE therefore wood stoves and aims to reach 1000 EASE - Enabling Access to Sustainable Energy- is a
developed an “EASY Mkate” business households in four regions in Tanza- partnership of NGOs which aims to serve the unmet en-
package, including delivery of hard- nia by the end of 2006. To achieve ergy demands of the poor. EASE partners are ETC in the
ware, baking and business training this, partnerships have been sought Netherlands, Energética in Bolivia, RCEE in Vietnam and
and promotion items like breadbags with local dealers and suppliers of TaTEDO in Tanzania. EASE has started up inception ac-
and aprons. stove parts. An important role is tivities in Mali with Mali-Folkecenter. EASE activities are
The project aims to reach 100
played by the local technicians who sponsored by the Directorate General of International
Co-operation (DGIS) The Netherlands.
build the stoves. They are not only
people with this package by the end trained in stove-making but also in
of 2006. It joined forces with local EASE started from the need to better understand en-
dealers, experienced local trainers, ergy and poverty relationships. Based on these research
national hire-and-purchase company The stoves vary in price from €30 for ﬁndings, EASE has launched a number of pilot projects NEW FORMAT ACCESS
Tunakopesha Ltd., and local sales a rocket stove to €7 for a liner stove. and is now working to improve the energy situation of
teams to reach interested custom- In August, organised promotion and the poor on a large scale.
ers. The package costs €115 for a sales tours started in 10 villages in
For more information:
HIGH IMPACT PROJECTS -
small and €185 for a large oven. Kilimanjaro and Arusha.
EASE WHERE ARE WE NOW?
P.O. Box 64, 3830 AB Leusden,
Tel: +31.33.4326000; Fax: +31.33.4940791 EASE DIRECT SUPPORT
New Format for ACCESS Vietnam - Biogas in Thanh Hoa Province
Welcome to this special issue of ACCESS in a new format. Why this new format? The Vacvina Advanced Biodigester is area before stopped operating.
Late 2005, the EASE programme changed its approach from research to imple- an innovative, low-maintenance biogas
mention of high impact projects. EASE needs a newsletter that can regularly give digester and combines the best qualities The results of a ﬁrst demonstration
updates on news and progress made within the programme, something the old- of three older models: the plastic, ﬁxed visit by the project showed that
style newsletter cannot support. ACCESS new-style will appear more frequently. dome and septic tank digesters. more attention should be given to
From now on, you will receive quarterly updates about the programme. The news- promotion to convince people to
letter remains available through the EASE website: www.ease-web.org EASE-Vietnam will spread this technol- use biogas again. One way of doing
In 2006, EASE has started working in an output oriented way. EASE has now de- ogy in Thanh Hoa Province, expecting this is by setting up biogas show-
veloped its ﬁrst portfolio of energy access projects. After some delays in project to reach 250 households, which means rooms in the communes.
development, the energy access projects planned for 2006 are now up and run- Two Solar Projects in Bolivia about 1250 people. The project started
ning. This includes projects in Bolivia, Tanzania, and Vietnam. By mid 2006, in August and two training courses have
also Mali has been included as a new EASE country. EASE now has the following Solar Literacy Camellidos been given since, one on construction,
projects in its portfolio: maintenance and repair of the biodigest-
The new Bolivian government started a The llama wool producers (camellidos) live er, the other a training in organisational
Project Country literacy campaign for adults last February. in the Bolivian highlands and belong to issues and marketing skills.
Solar literacy programme: 200 schools provided with solar systems Bolivia The methodology is based on the use of the poorest people in Bolivia. They mainly
video and TV, and offering evening classes rely on traditional energy sources for their Two demonstration units were built dur-
Llama wool producers: 500 solar systems for productive use Bolivia ing the training in the Ha Trung district.
to reach more people. Access to modern energy needs. Grid extension is not an
Lighting and cooking: 700 households receive solar systems & stoves Bolivia energy services, especially electricity, is option as the farms are too far apart (up This raised the local people’s interest
Baking a better life: 100 charcoal ovens for productive use Tanzania therefore crucial, but often not available. to 12 km). despite some initial scepticism about
To assist in this campaign, the Cuban biogas, because many of the ﬁxed dome
Improved stoves: 1000 wood stoves for households & institutions Tanzania
government donated 2000 solar systems Therefore farmers have to shave the lla- models that had been introduced in the
Multifunctional platform: piloting this technology in Tanzania Tanzania to Bolivia. mas manually. This has a negative impact
Rent-a-light: 15-20 solar lanterns for hire-purchase Tanzania on the wool’s quality and the capacity of
EASE Direct Support: sponsoring modern energy for schools Tanzania
EASE Bolivia was asked to install the the llama’s to produce high quality wool in
systems at the schools. Energética, EASE following years -due to tissue scars. Shav-
Biogas: 250 digester for households Vietnam Improved Cook Stoves in Vietnam
partner in Bolivia, started a programme to ing the animals with electric tools would
Hydropower: electriﬁcation for 200 people in Cao Bien village Vietnam train 60 local technicians in installing and solve the problem. This project targets to reach 1000 households in Ha Trung district of Thanh
maintaining the solar systems.
Improved stoves: 1000 stoves for households Vietnam Hoa province with improved biomass stoves before the end of the year. The
The project will install 500 solar systems
Assisting 3 electricity providers in government subsidised programme Mali
So far 137 schools have been reached, for llama farmers to improve shaving. The
project will offer two different models: a ﬁxed multi-pot stove and a port-
Professionalising 3 small electricity providers running private networks Mali covering a total of 4.110 people. The ﬁrst pilot system was installed in July. Now able single-pot stove. The project will also create new jobs, especially in
coming three months at least another 63 70 systems have been installed and the stove-building. Training local rural tecnicians in stove-building and in mar-
All these projects will be ﬁnalised by the end of 2006. The next phase of the pro- schools will be added to this list. aim is to ﬁnalise the 500 installations by keting and promotion skills is part of the project.
gramme (2007-2010) will build on the experiences of these projects. November.
We hope you will continue to enjoy reading our newsletter.
EASE starts up inception activities in Mali
In July EASE took up activities with Mali-Folkecenter in an inception phase to start
up pilot projects in the country. Two projects are currently running:
• assisting energy entrepreneurs in formerly non-served rural areas who are par-
ticipating in a programme subsidised by the Mali government on rural electriﬁca-
tion (PCASER); and
• assisting small scale enterprises to professionalise and expand their business in
rural energy supply.
Bolivia - Lighting & Cooking
The Malian government started a programme to encourage (existing) energy Vietnam - Hydropower in Cao Bien
entrepreneurs to take up or expand activities in non or poorly served rural ar-
eas. Up to now 38 private electricity providers have signed up with this PCASER In 2005, EASE Bolivia successfully tar- Given these positive results, the project Cao Bien village lies in the mountain- project to improve their living conditions.
programme and are preparing their enterprises for the initiation of their activi- geted rural families with both solar PV was scaled up this year, targeting to ous north of Vietnam and has no hope Electric light will enable people to relax
ties. They all encounter similar problems in starting their new businesses, and systems and improved cook stoves in a reach 700 households in rural Bolivia. for connection to the national electricity in the evening, or work longer hours and
EASE aims to assist them so as to provide as many people in rural areas with pilot project under EASE. The impact of The project is implemented in two grid. To provide the 200 people in this will make it possible for the children to
durable energy access. Three PCASER entrepreneurs have been selected by Mali- the project was positive. Light is used phases. The solar systems are installed village with electricity, national EASE study for next day’s classes. Electricity
Folkecenter for follow-up and assistance. The EASE pilot project wants to learn to lengthen the work day, for produc- ﬁrst and the cook stoves are introduced partner RCEE is installing a mini hydro- will also bring electric appliances into
about the difﬁculties that these private electricity providers run into and provide tive uses, for doing homework, and afterwards. There currently is no com- power plant with the capacity of 11KW people’s homes, modernising their lives.
hands-on and tailor-made training to enhance the managerial, administrative and also for leisure at night. The improved mercial operator for improved cook and developing a suitable management
client-management skills of these entrepreneurs. Training will as much as possible woodstoves help save ﬁrewood, increase stoves in Bolivian rural areas. EASE aims and operational model for the plant. The project already had an unexpected
be given on the job, in partnerships with bigger companies in the area and will be safety in the kitchen and reduce indoor to develop this market and the technol- positive impact on the village. For trans-
geared towards the needs of the entrepreneurs. smoke. ogy. All construction work is completed. The portation of the building material the
main dam, the power house and the village road had to be widened, means
On a different scale, Mali has many informal electricity providers in rural areas, Earlier this year a technology package penstock have been built, the electric that scooters and motorbikes can access
often serving part of the community, or simply some neighbors. They have a was developed to transfer the tech- generator has been assembled and, the village now.
small electricity network, charge batteries, or run a mill. They have the potential nology to two metal workshops and a with the help of the villagers, all elec-
and motivation to provide energy access to many more people, if their speciﬁc ceramic industry for serial production of tric poles have been put in place. What
needs for expansion would be met. For 2006, EASE has selected three entre- the stoves. still needs to be done is the installation
preneurs who will be assisted in professionalising their business at technical, of the generator and the installation of
organisational, managerial and communication levels. EASE will accompany them The production and installation of the transmission lines. This is expected to be
and facilitate on the job and other training opportunities for these small entrepre- stoves is ongoing. The target of 320 ﬁnalised by mid-October.
neurs. households by September was achieved.
The remaining 380 households will be The villagers in Cao Bien are looking
serviced with improved lighting and forward to the day when they can access
cooking before the end of 2006. electricity. Interviews with the villag-
ers indicate that they do expect the