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#VillageStory Tambaga – Hidden Jewel in the Southwest of Mali

October 28, 2021


If you are on your way from Bamako to Guinea via the main road RN 24 in Mali, you will soon see the village of Tambaga at a crossroads. With its round huts covered with bast roofs and the expansive savannah landscape, it offers a picturesque sight for visitors. However, a sight not to be missed can only be found by turning onto the gravel road RN 22 in the village.


Lively Village Life Thanks to the Sustainable Energy of Africa GreenTec

Tambaga is characterized by small mud huts with bast roofs and agricultural businesses. Travel and trade on the main road offers business people and kiosk owners good opportunities to earn an income. With electricity from Africa GreenTec, drinks and other goods can now also be cooled cost-effectively. As in most villages on main roads, music, entertainment and lighting attract guests and customers to the stores and small restaurants in the evening. Hairdressers can use electric hair clippers and internet cafes invite people to linger. None of this was possible before the Solartainer, which has brought more life to the village.

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The Mantantali Reservoir

The sight that our team remembers most is the reservoir in the northwest. If you take the strenuous but also exciting drive on the RN 22, you can reach the large lake in around three hours. 

Although the route is only 100 km long, the drive is long due to the gravel road and small streams that cross the road again and again. You have to be constantly alert and a patient driver. But the effort is worth it. The lake is nestled in a small mountain range with beautiful red rock formations. Redwood trees and other small villages with round huts and fields complete the picturesque picture. 

The largest village around the reservoir is called Manantali, after which the lake's dam is named. Many of the inhabitants of Manantali and the surrounding villages use the renewable electricity generated in the reservoir. Due to the large distances and sparse population, it is not practical to set up a wider electricity grid. Our solar containers are therefore also a sensible solution for electrifying the individual communities in this region.