Funded by: YEF! Yahoo! Spectrum, Homa bay 130 Solar Lamps

Funded by: YEF! Yahoo! Spectrum in August 2012

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 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 main source of light is kerosene, sometimes replaced by firewood and 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 high. 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.

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