Farmers of Sauti Ya Wakulima prepare to operate their new charging kiosk.

Farmers of Sauti Ya Wakulima prepare to operate their new charging kiosk.

In the fall of 2012 we had the opportunity to connect with Eugenio Tisselli, the creator of OjoVoz, http://sautiyawakulima.net/ojovoz/, a mobile app and website designed to enable farmers to collect photographic records and audio recordings of their agricultural practices. From documenting disease outbreaks to recording the most valuable characteristics of locally developed cassava varieties, the platform lets farmers collect and share valuable information with each other, other farmers and local, national and international researchers and institutions.

Juabar is working with the farmers to provide them with electricity access to keep the phones that they use for research charged and ready when needed. The Juabar charging kiosk not only provides valuable energy services, but it is also a business opportunity for the farmers. The kiosk is on long term lease to the group for a minimal monthly fee and the additional money that they earn from offering mobile charging services to their community will be directed back toward cooperative research and farming needs for the group. This is just the beginning of what we look forward to becoming an exciting opportunity for farmers groups across Tanzania and the communities in which they live who lack access to basic electricity services.