In Kenya only about 22.7 percent of homes are electrified through the grid and in Narok County that number falls to 5.6 percent. A new off-grid project in the Ilkimati community by World Vision and Panasonic is helping to change that.
Much of the world’s population, roughly 1.1 billion, live in areas without regular access to electricity. Off-grid solar systems are proving a potent way to increase economic activities for people in such regions.
Panasonic provided two solar stations, lighting equipment and energy storage for Ilkimati Primary School and Enkutoto dispensary in the community. The Japanese company also donated solar lanterns to 150 homes in the community improving the wellbeing of children and families in the area by using clean, electric lighting instead of kerosene lanterns indoors, reducing indoor air pollution.
Panasonic and World Vision will also provide basic training to people in the community so that they can support the projects once they’re completed. The organization will also launch reading camps for children and adults that utilize the solar lighting systems.
After the projects are completed, World Vision will support the community further and will help develop income generating activities for the community including poultry farming and gardening at the school. The solar power will provide power for an egg incubator to help raise chickens. The gardening system will use the solar energy to power drip irrigation systems.
By providing energy and lighting to the community, the organizations hope to increase economic opportunities in the region. The new opportunities will help lift the area out of poverty, while increasing health and education.
The project is part of Panasonic’s corporate social responsibility initiatives. The Off-Grid Solutions project focusses on communities in Asia and Africa, which have a large off-grid population. To implement projects the company partners with NGOs to implement projects.Tweet