Many communities in the Lwengo district and beyond still lack access to electricity, and so they rely on unhealthy means of burning kerosene to provide light to their families. These families use ‘tadooba,” a locally made kerosene lamp and lanterns as an alternative solution to lighting their homes. Unfortunately, these lamps and lanterns are very dangerous to their health since they lead to dangerous respiratory diseases, accidents like burning of children or the entire house, and they are costly since they require a daily expense of buying the unhealthy Kerosene.
With support from a past volunteer, we have established a social enterprise solar Yo Project reaching off-grid communities with clean and sustainable solar using a Pay-as-you-go system. Over 47 families, community schools and businesses have benefited from this project and can now get clean and brighter light from our solar products.
We are looking for a business minded volunteer or intern who can work with us as a Business Development Supporter to help with improving service delivery in our current operational areas and new communities.
Responsibilities and tasks
- You will closely work with our team to share experiences and knowledge on developing a sustainable solar enterprise with a social goal.
- You will help in conducting market surveys for our new markets.
- Work with team to improve the loan repayment of current system of solar pay-go system.
- You will also work together with the local team to establish strategies that increase adoption of solar energy among different communities.
- You will help in developing a sustainability plan for the social enterprise through establishing more partnerships and others.
- You will support us in developing a reliable supply and distribution value chain that creates green jobs for women and youth in areas where we work.
- You will support us in developing a reliable accounting system/records that are required in business planning and development.
- You will visit communities where we work together with our team, to sensitise people and promote the use of solar energy in communities.
- Background in renewable energy (this can can be from school, work, etc..)
- Community development skills
- Have reasonable idea on how community-based social enterprises operate.
- Team player
Fundraising /grant writing.
Business s consulting
Microfinance management for community projects