Gongali Model innovatively works with TAHUDE Foundation........see how it goes!

UPDATES - Sept 2018

BIOGAS Enters MBULU - Manyara Region, Tanzania

This quarter we reached another milestone of introducing our biogas project in new District of Mbulu in Manyara Region - Tanzania.

Our progress this quarter:

i. Four (4) biogas are completed

ii. Four (4) biogas construction is ongoing

iii. Eight (8) have submitted their forms and six (6) will submit by next week.

Our target was to complete 20 biogas systems but the weather condition (it was the rain season) limited our operations. Now the rain has ended - we are moving fast, from July 2018. In this quarter we were able to conduct the first public marketing and training session in Mbulu District, Manyara Region. The program was accompanied by reforestation program in which we distributed a total of 540 trees to all 108 people who attended. The program was covered by media, as shown in the below link and a representative photo.

Also we established a good networking with other NGOs and got training on a remote sensor installation. As explained above, our main challenge in this quarter was the "rain season". But it is over now. We have agree with the district agriculture officer and district cooperative officer of Mbulu district to organize a training to all Mbulu cooperative members to sensitize them through their groups. This will give us access to hundreds of members of those cooperative groups. With your support, we are planning to hit our target of 700 beneficiaries by end of 2020. Please kindly see how you can assist us to scale-up our campaign. There are many ways you can help us - not only through financial support. Please kindly let us know how you would like to be involved more. Write to my email: hilonga@gmail.com or Phone call: 255764574919 (also on WhatsApp)

UPDATES - May 2018


This quarter we received 3 groups of American students from different Universities (about 100 students and their Professors) who visited our activities in Tanzania. Before going to the field, I made a PPT presentation at our office (shown in the photo above). I narrated the history of our organization (established since 2010) and our journey until 2018. All students were impressed and most of them wanted to go to the field and meet our beneficiaries. So we demonstrated what we do and allowed them to visit the beneficiary communities with Arusha region, Tanzania. Students were so excited to meet happy beneficiaries everywhere we work.

Some of the students promised to support our activities in different ways:

1. Online marketing,

2. Publicity,

3. Posting and supporting our activities on social media - Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, etc.

4. Coming back for internship in Tanzania

5. Fundraising

........... as demonstrated by the email I just received from one of them:

"Dear ...................(me), I have not given up on the idea to come to Tanzania! Unfortunately, it is very difficult to obtain funding via world famous scholarships due to rigid application deadlines and incredibly high competition. But, I HAVE A BETTER IDEA! I am going to do my personal fundraising!! I am graduating from Wellesley, and the area where the college is located is very wealthy. Many people in this area do a lot of good for different communities in need. I have met some affluent people in my time as a student and I will reach out to every family I know who could help me to host fundraising events! But I will need your advice: Can we please talk on Skype during one of the weekends? I want to go over logistics of a presentation that I have in mind: I want to make the most impactful presentation!! I am positive I can make it!! Thank you, ......................... (her name)".

UPDATES - Feb 2018


It was a spectacular event when the USADF/DCL Team came with "Extra Large" Check demonstrating the extension of TAHUDE Biogas program from 2017 - 2019 at $124k (about Tsh.270m). TAHUDE Team and Board members were so excited to attend the Grant Signing Ceremony on 13th Oct 2017. The event was very brief but will remain as our cherished sweet memory for many years to come. The event was covered by several journalists, including Star TV, as you can witness in the attached clips. Details are available on our website www.gongalimodel.com

.......and here comes video on Youtube, entitled: "Hilonga - USADF Grant for Biogas on Star TV - Tanzania" Though this video is in Swahili but ACTION SPEAKS LOUDER THAN WORDS. We are adding some inscriptions for English speakers BUT the main issue is that our people, particularly mothers and girls are suffering in rural Africa while there is a simple solution like Biogas.......please follow-up with hilonga@gmail.com; More on our website: www.gongalimodel.com

UPDATES - March 2017

Links to Reports: .............End of 2016 Biogas Report


IMPACT brought by 89 Biodigesters within 2016 in Karatu District


1. TAHUDE got a sustainable funds from:

(i) Capital/revolving funds of ~Tsh.105 million (Total amount Lent)

(ii) Revenue from 2% interest per month

(iii) Government incentives of Tsh.175,000 per every biodigester to absorb loan risks

2. TAHUDE management team got an employment: up to Tsh.500,000/- per month

3. Beside the salary, TAHUDE members benefited from various trainings: USADF Required financial training, financial management, good governance, and business plan.

4. TAHUDE customers got savings from the pain/cost of collecting/purchasing firewood = Tsh.1,000 per 5 Kg of firewood to be used per day. They will enjoy this benefit for 50 years (biogas lifespan). The customers also received regular empowerment seminars and trees incentives. 15 Biogas technicians got employment for biogas construction - profit to various service providers: Brick makers, Building materials suppliers, Transporters, etc


UPDATES from our NGO (TAHUDE Foundation): Dec 2016

20th Nov. 2016 will continue to ring in people's ears in Karatu - Arusha for many many years. It was a special day dedicated to biogas promotion, along with other appropriate technologies developed at Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology and disseminated by Gongali Model and TAHUDE Foundation. The government leaders were so proud of the biogas project and they publicly declared their relentless support for the project.

By Sept 2016 TAHUDE Foundation has already built 90 biodigesters that serve more than 500 people. These digesters have served 41 Hectors of trees that would have been cut for firewood and more than 5,000 tons of organic fertilizer to boost crop production. The environmental benefits for climate change mitigation is also enormous because each biodiger stops 4 tons of carbondioxide that would have been emitted to destroy ozone and/or increase global warming. We are so humbled by the commitment shown by the government leaders in Karatu District and Arusha Region on 20th Nov. 2016. This has paved doors for our biogas project to penetrate to every household. There are about 9 million households in Tanzania and more than 80% are in rural areas where almost everyone has got cows. Only two cows are enough to run the biodigester that can give enough gas for cooking for the whole family of up to six people - three meals a day; and 60 tons of organic fertilizer per year to increase the crop production. We are determined to scale-up our project in 2017.

We anticipate your relentless support through GlobalGiving and its partners. This is a win-win project because environmental degradation or let say global warming does not respect country boarders - it affect all every living creature on earth. So it is our joint responsibility to save our world for the threats of climate change. WE ARE HERE TO PARTNER WITH YOU!


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TAHUDE Some highlights: Oct 2016

1. TAHUDE has many customers than it can serve - they are placed in the waiting list. Now we are looking for new capital funds to expand our biogas project to reach more customers in Karatu and other districts. We have just finished our five years strategic business plan to be submitted to USADF along with this quarter report.

2. TAHUDE is about to receive final confirmation for the new loan incentive of up to Tsh.170,000 for every biodigester we build. Note that other incentives already exist through Tanzania Domestic Biogas Program; i.e Tsh.225,000 for promotion and quality assurance plus Tsh.240,000 for construction.

3. TAHUDE built 83 biodigesters by the end of Sept 2016. Our target for the first year which ended in June 2016 was 71 and 7 biodigesters are under construction. Several customers are in the waiting list. Some customers had a repayment rate of up to 121.6% and a total of Tsh. 10,894,786 was repaid this quarter. The repayment rate from September is really good - because it is the HARVEST SEASON - a proof and evidence for TAHUDE to concentrate repayments to be made during the harvest season (because TAHUDE gives flexible loans - so there is no point to fix the repayment in the season were our customers are not able to repay). One big exciting news this quarter is that our BIOGAS Project is now accepted on GlobalGiving, as demonstrated here.

This will be a breakthrough to enable even the under-served households in our community to be able to build their biogas system. GlobalGiving donations are flexible and can allow us to extend the repayment period up to 2 - 3 years. There are other initiatives like the one for our solar lantern project shown below - in which we discount the price of the product. We were the second best organization in the GlobalGiving campaign which ended soon. We got GBP 13,094.

Our performance Vs. other competitors is summarized here. TAHUDE got the second position.

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TAHUDE Hits its TARGET ahead of deadline, May.2016

We conducted evaluation and empowerment seminar for our customers. Here are some photos for the participants and the incentives (TREES) given to the attendants.

Marketing and Empowerment Seminar

On 21st Feb 2016 and 25th March 2016 we conducted third and fourth marketing and empowerment sessions and provided trees as incentive to the attendants. In total we have provided 8,000 trees since our first marketing and empowerment session. The impact is highly appreciated by the local government and particularly by all community members - we got many positive feedbacks, like these ones uploaded on Youtube:

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TAHUDE Foundation - USADF Sponsored BIOGAS Project, Nov.2015

Many exciting things happened by we regret that we have not been able to upload on our website. Nevertheless, since we have all the information in our database, we are readily available to share with our partners or even potiential partners (should sign MOU).

In short this is how far we went with USADF Biogas Project: First we started with infrastruction establishment - employed Leonard Parmena as the project coordinatoer, bought him a motorbike for the project, Purchased office facilities, sign box, Loan perfomer software fro managing loans, built a latrine for the Gongali Empower Community Center/Our office in Gongali, etc.

Then we started the construction of biodigesters right away! Here is the quick overview by the beginning of Nov.2015;

i. Thirty four (34) biodigesters are COMPLETED

ii. Six (6) bio digesters are in the last stages

iii. Ten (10) clients submitted their application forms

We have received all the funds we required from ADF to accomplish the remaining annual target of 71 bio digesters for 2015.

Below are some YouTube Videos we uploaded - please enjoy them and kindly share with your diverse and worldwide network/connections:

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We are glad to announce the signing of USADF grant for Leveraging Model Renewable Energy in Gongali/Karatu, Arusha - Tanzania. The signing ceremony was conducted at the USADF office in Dar es Salaam on 1st September 2014. In the picture, Dr. Askwar Hilonga (in pink), the CEO/Secretary of the TAHUDE Foundation Board signs the grant. Witnesses were the USADF Country Director Mr.Godfrey Kasanga (in blue), The Director of CSDI Mr.Masawe (in white), CSDI Official Mrs.Safina (in blue), and the Board Chairman of TAHUDE Foundation Dr.Josia Jalida Tayali (in purple)



It was celebration all over when one of our members Mrs. Ruth Elineema Lukwaro was selected to represent our organization at Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) at Washington Fellowship, 2014.

Ruth's strength was on bridging our partners with the Tanzanian grass-root community. In particularly, our lantern project with our USA partner, GlobalGiving, was highly appreciated. More updates are available on our website www.gongalimodel.com. We highly appreciate all of you who made this miracle a reality. At the beginning we could not imagine how far will this project take us to. THANKS for connecting us with more networks in USA through the YALI fellowship. We will continue to appreaciate your constant support for this very important project that aims to provide solar lantern to EVERY Tanzanian school child.

Your generous support will help us spread quickly to other villages of Tanzania - there are more than 1,200 villages and we only served 2 villages. At present we are limited only to 2 villages due to the financial constraints, as we demonstrated in our project proposal. THANKS, ONCE MORE, FOR YOUR PREVIOUS AND FUTURE GENEROUS SUPPORT!

.....END OF UPDATE ON GLOBALGIVING BEING APPRECIATED AT YALI..... GONGALI MODEL'S Partnership with E3Empower is growing strong and very useful! (Click here) to see our current endeavors!

The partnership will be for renewable energy (particularly solar lanterns), water filtration, enterpreneurship, education, and Appropriate Technology.

Six members of E3Empower Team visits Tanzania in Feb 2014

E3Empower continued with its relentless effort to EMPOWER GONGALI MODEL based on its stragic movement of "Empower one! Empower Village"!

Why Establish Empower Community Center in Gongali Village?

The Gongali Village has a population of 7,000 people - All WITHOUT electricity. The village is in remote area about 10 Km from the nearest Karatu Town from where people get most of their daily requirements including the below services that are now provided by the GONGALI MODEL EMPOWER COMMUNITY CENTER at their vicinity. The village is also surrounded by the similar "REMOTE" villages which also benefit from this initiative. The Center benefits ALL categories of the community members including students from four different primary schools and nearby Secondary school. The disadvantage groups such as women, widows, orphans, elders, and physically challenged people are given special favor in all categories of the services provided. The Center is operated by GONGALI MODEL under the mentorship of E3Empower and other interested partners. The employeed staff and volunteers are from the local community and they live within the community to be the catalyst for change. All the center activities are for "business/for profit" - based on "social enterprise" principles. Nothing is for FREE! Nevertheless, the services are made affordable EVEN TO THE NEEDIEST PERSON IN THE COMMUNITY. Nobody is denied a service due to the financial challenge. To ensure this generosity without compromising the business principles, GONGALI MODEL finds/and will continue to find various ways of subsidizing costs of items and services, as it happened recently with the Lanterns for School Children through the GlobalGiving initiative (detail explanation for this initiative is available).


Partneship with E3Empower: From 27th Oct. 2013

WHAT IS E3Empower (www.e3empower.com)?

GONGALI MODEL got a new partner - E3Empower (www.e3empower.com): In the picture, Dr. Rhee and Dr. Choi from E3Empower pose with GONGALI MODEL Founders

The partnership will be for renewable energy (particularly solar lanterns), water filtration, enterpreneurship, education, and Appropriate Technology.

What is unique about this partnership?

Under this partnership both organizations will realize their mission and vission of serving the marginalized rural communities through social enterprise solution (NOT DONATIONS!) "NGOs" WITHOUT DONATIONS??? So, how does it work? Yes, we can run NGOs without relaying on donations. What we do is that the E3Empower sells items to GONGALI MODEL at a price that is a little bit bellow the market price. GONGALI MODEL on the other side works with its other partners to further lower the price of items so that it can be affordable to the rural communities. The example of this approach is well demonstrated through our current Lanterns Project proposal on GlobalGiving. You will realize that the Lanterns will NOT be given for FREE to school children. It will be sold at a QUATER MARKET PRICE, i.e. 25%. In this case a child will be responsible to pay $2.5 for a lantern that is $10 in the market. This will ensure the sense of ownership and the beneficiary children will be more responsible to take care of "THEIR LANTERS"!

The success of this project will be transfered/adopted to other places and for other products.


Solar for Schools

Many schools in rural parts of Africa have no electricity.

So when the sun goes down, the school stops. Schools can use candles or oil lamps. The light from these is poor, the smoke from burning is bad for children's health and bad for the planet. Both are dangerous - it is common to hear of tragic fires caused by a dropped candle or lamp. Kerosene oil used in lamps is also very expensive. So schools often go without light when darkness falls.

There is a solution.

Using the extraordinary power of the sun. In Africa there is plenty of it! Solar power uses energy from the sun in the daytime to provide light at night. By installing solar power at a school, we will provide light for classrooms, and solar lamps for teachers and children so they can read after dark.

Why solar is so good

* It's clean - so good news for people's health and the environment.

* It's safe - you can't start a fire with a solar light

* It's free! Once a school has solar power - no more expensive kerosene.

* Children can study in safety

What difference does solar power make?

Children can study in safety at school and teachers can prepare lessons before sunrise or after sunset. More study time means better exam results and a better future for these pupils. It costs GONGALI MODEL USD 3,250 to provide solar power to a school in Tanzania. With support from their community the school in Africa will raise about one-third, that is USD 1,000. We need to raise the difference, about USD 2,000 to provide solar power for each school.

Solar for Students

In rural Tanzania where this project will operate, only 2% of households have access to electricity for lightning. So as well as providing solar power for schools, we will be promoting the benefits of solar lights to local communities. Many people use candles to provide lighting at home. Candles provide poor light, contribute to poor health due to indoor air pollution, and are drain on a family's income. Despite the benefits of solar, the biggest challenge is overcoming people's lack of trust in an unfamiliar technology. We do this through the schools by meeting head-teachers we educate them about the benefits of solar light. They in turn share this with students. Each solar light costs about $10. GONGALI MODEL sells the light at a discount. We do this to encourage the market traders begin to stock solar lights. This provides a channel to buy more lights or get lights repaired or replaced and is much more sustainable approach that just providing aid. With a solar light a family no longer need to buy candles, which improves their income as well as their health and children studying for exam's can do so in safety at home. It's also good for us all, as less candles and kerosene being used means less carbon emissions.

We are looking for VOLUNTEERS from ANYWHERE around the World who are willing to support our Foundation in ANY possible way. WE NEED YOU!.