Posted on 06 April 2018
Since 2012, this initiative has grown in breadth and transformed into a national program for the Malagasy government.
It has been a long time coming for our initiative of solar electrification in isolated, rural villages, which have called into action the savoir-faire of Malagasy grandmothers.
Since 2012, this initiative, promoted by WWF in Madagascar, has grown in breadth and transformed into a national program for the Malagasy government.
Recently, a group of women who had finished training in solar electrification through Barefoot College in India returned to Madagascar. One of them, Tsiampoizy, went directly to a repair shop for solar installations in her village of Ranomay, in the south-west of Madagascar. Three other women from the same village also left to train in India at the end of March 2018.
Elsewhere, the village of Andranomilolo, in the north of Madagascar, recently received solar equipment, and the grandmothers are now beginning to install it. At the same time, a solar energy training center for vulnerable, rural women is under construction in the center of the country.
For Voahirana Randriambola, of WWF’s energy program, “the evolution of the initiative has been remarkable, we’re climbing the ladder due to an engaged and determined community of actors, both local and international. The nation and worldwide goal of access to sustainable energy for rural, isolated populations, like the 300 communities who work every day with WWF Madagascar towards conservation of the natural ecosystems on which we all depend.”
Madagascar’s solar energy training center will open its doors beginning in 2019. From then until 2030, the country will train 744 “women solar engineers,” allowing 630,000 rural villages to have access to modern lighting and solar electricity. It is an ambitious goal, but it is possible!