MFC Nyetaa, in collaboration with its partners, has embarked on the implementation of a large-scale 15-year Jatropha-fueled rural electrification project in the village of Garalo in the Sikasso region of southern Mali. This project will set up 1,000 ha of Jatropha plantations to provide the oil for a 300 kW power plant. This innovative project will provide clean, CO2 neutral electricity and other modern energy services to more than 10,000 people of Garalo commune, transforming the local economy. This kind of project represents the new paradigm for sustainable development in Africa.MFC Nyetaa has been actively working on the promotion of the Jatropha plant since activities began in 1999. This interest in the Jatropha plant is underlined by two main observations:1) The Malian environment is fragile and arid, yet Jatropha is resilient and can grow under these harsh conditions. Jatropha can reclaim Mali?s difficult land and restore eroded areas, effectively generating environmentally friendly energy, helping to reduce CO2 emissions, and helping to revitalize local ecosystems.2) Mali also depends largely on the import of fossil fuels to meet a large part of its modern energy needs, which has perverse effects on the economy and on the lives of Malian people. Bio-fuel, especially Jatropha-based, is a viable alternative that has the potential, if done in a sustainable way, to improve the quality of life on a local and a national scale.Work is currently underway in the village for buildings for electricity production, and for the local grid network which will bring electricity to people's homes and small businesses. The group will be installing special generators of 3 x 100kW, converted to run on pure Jatropha oil instead of diesel, in May 2007.