MDC has improved the former Presbyterian homes and clinic, now belonging to the local church, by providing solar electricity and running water. The home of Presbyterian teachers and nurses in Maji now serves as the town’s only tourist guest house. The former Presbyterian school buildings house teen-agers from the surrounding farming communities live in town and attend the only high school in the district. The former clinic has also been repurposed, after sitting empty for almost a decade. Now it serves as MDC’s solar warehouse.
By January, 2019, the warehouse was equipped with solar panels and batteries, computers, and a printer. Storage rooms bulged with solar home-lighting kits for Maji’s families (a rooftop panel, a battery, three lights and cell phone charging ports).
Little by little, neighbors and friends checked out the new home lighting technology and demand for the kits grew.
When the town’s clean water system broke down, MDC also raised money for a new solar-powered pump, and replaced the dirty and expensive diesel generator.
Meanwhile, the government-built hospital in Maji was finished, but not opened because the district has no connection to the national grid. MDC negotiated with the local health department to share the cost of fitting the hospital with solar to run basic functioning—lights, incubators, testing equipment and surgery tables.
In 2022 and 2023, MDC is again cost-sharing a water project to bring clean water from forest springs to the farm communities below. This will save women hours of the back-breaking work of carrying water, that isn’t even clean, down the steep hillsides.
To assist women in improving the financial fortunes of their families, MDC is also supporting them to gather in self-help groups of about twenty, to learn and work together.