Tanzania: Championing Energy Solutions for Women
DAR ES SALAAM, May 7, 2012; In Bagamoyo, 75 km north of the Tanzanian city of Dar es Salaam, 46-year-old Fatuma Iddi Msilo is smoking fish to sell in the local market. Fishing is one of this coastal town's main activities, alongside cashew nut production and handcrafts, all of which are energy intensive, requiring fuel and electricity.
Recently, Bagamoyo's rapid urbanization and population growth have made it harder for workers like Msilo to keep their businesses afloat and feed their families. Alongside rising electricity costs, the wood most people use for their household and business energy needs is becoming scarcer.