Funded by: Vattenfall Eldistribution in January 2017
Homa Bay County is located in the Nyanza Province of Kenya. Its capital and largest town is Homa Bay. The county has a population of just above a million and borders Lake Victoria to the West and North. The population is mainly smallholder farmers, with a few cows and goats for grazing. This renders them vulnerable to the growth in population, and climate change. Updated and verifiable education statistics are difficult to come by, but in 2007, there were 1,000 primary schools, with 283,162 pupils, and 235 secondary schools, with 31,317 pupils.
The price of kerosene is higher than in Nairobi by about 40%, due to the long transportation. The lack of access to light is quoted by the parents and teachers as one of the biggest hindrances in student performance and it is very hard to study at home, so they study only at school during the day.
In February 2019, GIVEWATTS received funding for an additional 450 solar lamps in support to expand our impact to more communities in Homa Bay.
GIVEWATTS process has been developed into a cycle where the initial funding starts the distribution wheel. Our aim is to keep a balance between business efficiency and impact.