Solar Energy Firms Get Loans to Light Up Rural Tanzania

By Kizito Makoye

Dar es Salaam — Specialist lender links investors with businesses promoting off-grid solar power

When Tanzanian company ARTI Energy brought solar lights to Kiromo village in the eastern district of Bagamoyo eight years ago, local people were excited but found them expensive.

"I really liked those lamps, but I could not imagine then that I would ever own one," recalled Kiromo resident Salum Ali.