Today we would like to take you to the village of Tambaga, located in the Kayes region of Mali.
If you are on your way from Bamako to Guinea via the main road RN24, you will soon see the village of Tambaga at a crossroads. With its round huts covered with raffia roofs and the extensive savannah landscape, the vista it offers its visitors is quite picturesque. One sight not to be missed, however, can only be found by turning off in the village and venturing onto the RN22 gravel road.
Tambaga is characterized by small mud huts with raffia roofs and farms. The travel and trade traffic via the main road offers businessmen and kiosk owners good opportunities to earn an income. With electricity from Africa GreenTec, beverages and other goods can now be refrigerated cost-effectively. As in most villages along main thoroughfares, 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.
The sight that our team remembers best is the reservoir located in the northwest. If you take the strenuous, but also exciting, car trip on the RN22, you will reach the big lake in about three hours.
Although the route is only 100 km long, the drive is long due to the gravel road and small streams repeatedly crossing the road. You have to be constantly alert and should be a patient driver. But the strain is worth it. The lake is embedded in a small mountain range with beautiful red rock formations. Redwood trees and other small villages of round huts and fields complete the picturesque vista.
The largest village around the reservoir is Mantantali, after which the lake’s dam is named. Many of the residents in Mantantali and the surrounding villages purchase renewable electricity generated from the dam. To build a more extensive power grid is not possible due to the long distances and sparse population. Therefore, our Solartainer is a useful solution for the electrification of individual communities in this region as well.
Hopefully we will soon have the chance to visit the village of Tambaga again and tell you about it! But until then, we have many more #villagestories, all of which you can find on our #Impactblog! Enjoy!
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