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The International Collaborative

Updated: Jun 8, 2022

The Last Kilometer Surpasses Goal for First Fundraiser.


Detroit nonprofit group The Last Kilometer, in partnership with the International Collaborative and the N'Namdi Center for Contemporary Art, has reported a successful conclusion to their first fundraiser for the Maasai Stoves and Solar Project.

The Last Kilometer's fundraising efforts ended up surpassing their projected goals to enable the provision of 150 portable solar power systems to the Maasai people in Tanzania, which will be used to meet the needs of the community, including staples such as water purification and nighttime lighting, as well as empower Maasai women to undertake new roles in their communities as leaders and innovators.

The fundraising period concluded on the evening of November 5th with an event hosted by the N'Namdi Center in the Sugar Hill art district of Detroit. Last Kilometer founder Jaron Rothkop and Ambassador Lincoln Bloomfield brought together sponsors and supporters of the Last Kilometer, including corporate participants Bosch Engineering and DTE Energy, to meet with Dr. Robert Lange of the International Collaborative and a guest speaker for the Maasai people as a demonstration of how Detroit's unique and cooperative approach to innovation can rise to meet the global challenge of resource scarcity.

Having gathered Detroit-area leaders and innovators with a common interest, and with the solar power systems on their way to Tanzania in the care of the Maasai Stoves and Solar Project, the Last Kilometer is now looking towards the next opportunity to combat energy insecurity through its growing network of partners and sponsors.

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