What does it mean in Zambia? BIG ISSUES. Although many of the RecycloCraftz artisans don't have enough money to have power in their homes or purchase the "units" bit by bit versus our American system where we pay a bill once a month. ( In Zambia they must go to a location and purchase X amount of electricity and 'top up'- buy more- when that is used up. ) Those who can afford it, including those serving as missionaries, are faced with challenges above the norm
It means being without electricity for 9 hours at a time multiple times a week. It means running out of gas at the stations country wide where gas is already over $9/gallon. It means someone, many someones, may be pocketing a lot of money because electricity that is to be used by Zambia is being sold to other countries.
One side says Lake Kariba- the hydro electric generating source is down 30% - reducing the possibility to generate enough electricity. Another side says with the new president and his people in office, those who know what they are doing at ZESCO-the Zambian Electric Company- are moved out in favor of tribal relatives of the new president.
This problem is expected to continue thru October or longer... The rainy season begins after November....however, rain may not be enough to solve this country wide issue.
...Just a bit of insight into living the Zambian life. .