There is a small local radio station in Oshwe, called Radio Television Bondeko (RTBO). It allows people to get news of their community, the country, and the world. But as the RTBO is powered by a fuel generator, when the boats can’t deliver fuel, the station can’t broadcast. Without radio broadcasts, the isolated community of Oshwe becomes even more removed from the rest of the country and its capital, Kinshasa, where decisions about the management of the forest are made.
To overcome the challenge of on-again-off-again fuel supply, Greenpeace and the community decided to equip the radio station with solar energy. A clean and stable energy supply, the solar panels will allow uninterrupted broadcasting.