William John recently became a father, and saw the need to find new, innovative ways to provide for his wife Agnes and 3 month old son.
Planning for the future of his family, he wanted to tap into his village’s solar power system – the only electricity source in his village in Tanzania. His entrepreneurial journey was just beginning, and he was looking to get his wife involved in the action too!
With only a primary education, William had supported his family through farming. Originally a member of a Tearfund-supported Village Savings and Loans (VSL) group, William heard about the Conservation Agriculture (CA) Program. From there, he expanded his training to farming. Learning from Tearfund’s Conservation Agriculture program, he learned to cultivate millet and cowpeas in the erratic weather conditions, and invested his earnings into the group. As an active member of the VSL group, William wanted to think outside the box for new ways to earn more for his family.
He saw an opportunity for his wife to work from home to earn a small income. With the right equipment, he realized that Agnes could easily earn an income from home! He took out a loan for $75 and purchased solar panels for his roof, along with a charging station. With this startup, Agnes could charge 5 phones and 5 batteries per day to make an average income of $2.
The couple is planning to expand in the future as demands are so high. They are thankful to Tearfund, not only for Conservation Agriculture training, but for the VSL program that enabled William to participate in this lucrative business.We are thrilled for William and Agnes’ innovative and environmentally sustainable business, and the way it will continue to support their family. The future’s looking brighter and brighter for his family, and not just because of solar power!