Funded by: Vattenfall in January 2017
Kakamega county is in Western Kenya, on the border to Uganda. The provincial capital, Kakamega Town, is small, but the region has a very high population density and is second only to Nairobi in terms of population size. The equator runs through the green landscape, and it has an average elevation above sea level of 1,535 m. The population lives on agriculture, and are subsistence farmers. The average income is low, but relatively steady since the land is very fertile, and there are many growing seasons. The main source of light is kerosene, sometimes replaced by firewood/candles. For cooking the households almost exclusively use charcoal and firewood (hence a high rate of deforestation in the area).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’s very hard to study at home, so they study only at school during the day.
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.