Remote but Productive: practical lessons on productive uses of energy in Tanzania

Energy Change Lab works with pioneers and changemakers in Tanzania to build sustainable, people-centred energy systems. Our productive uses of energy (PUE) program helps rural communities increase their incomes and productivity. This paper describes our work with two mini-grid developers to develop and test practical approaches for improving PUE uptake in rural villages through prototypes to build skills and sustainable supply chains. We hope that lessons from this work —including the importance of trust, community engagement and linking into national financing schemes — will help build knowledge and partnerships and scale up the impacts of PUE in Tanzania.