MuL<->ER Zambezia – Local development through renewable energies

Zambezia is one of the poorest regions of Mozambique, which extends for more than 100,000 km2 and suffers from the lack of adequate infrastructure and electrical systems , especially in rural areas, due to prohibitive costs and great distances.

In the country, access to energy covers 24.2% of the population without providing an adequate service: blackouts are frequent and tariffs are fixed, regardless of consumption.

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This provision constitutes a very powerful brake on the development possibilities of the area , and is combined with a marked gender disparity : women living in rural areas are constrained to work agricultural – the only source of subsistence, from which they derive no additional economic value – have no decision-making power, nor equality of rights with respect to men.

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With the project ILUMINA: MuL↔ER Zambezia – Local development through renewable energy , realized with the support of the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation and in partnership with AVSI – people for development, we intend to intervene on each of these elements, starting with the introduction of an energy system and efficient and sustainable solar technology in the region.

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Two rural areas will see the creation of a new plant and an assessment of the technical skills of the associations present there , which will give the opportunity to improve their specific technical skills, with particular attention to the component female. To complete our action I will be introducing other development factors, such as improved stoves for saving wood consumption and reducing carbon emissions (ICS), irrigation installations and training opportunities in the field of water management. resources, for strengthening the resistance and resilience of communities to the arrival of external shocks.

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Watchwords: respect and empowerment!

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