Solar electrification of rural clinics - Project 2 (IsF, Government of Rioja, Spain)

After the success of the first project in three villages in southern Mali, IsF sought funding for a second project for a further 6 installations inthe villages of Mamissan, Beko Sokoro & Tadougoukondié (municipality of Zantiebougou) and Kebila, Bafaga & Diaka (municipality of Kebila), also in southern Mali. The same approach of training local maintenance teams for operation and maintenance was used.

This kind of project can bring huge benefits to the local population, as installations last up to 25 years. The average population of each village was about 2000 people.

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Mamissan: the 100W solar panel being transported to the healthcentre after being welded inside its frame at the village metal workshop (left); the panel & frame being taken to the maternity clinic (centre); the panel being mounted on the roof (right).

Mamissan: inserting panels into frames (left); making electrical connections (centre); welding the panels inside the frames to protect against theft (right).

Mamissan: village elders come to see the installation (left); meeting with village elders and village chief to discuss project implementation (centre); installation of lamps and cables (right).

Training the maintenance committee members in battery use and how to mix acid to the correct concentration (left); the matron of Diaka standing next to the birthing bed, under the newly installed solar light (centre); the matron of Bafaga standing next to the panel which will be installed n the roof (right).

Diaka: mother with newborn baby, the real beneficiaries of the project (left), other mothers who recently gave birth at the clinic (centre); testing the connections on the panel before installation (right).

Kebila: clinic with solar installation complete (left); the market (centre); the matron of Diaka maternity cliic standing outside with kids (right).

Kebila: the installation team pose with maintenance committee for a picture; women bring well earned food to the team for lunch (right).

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