Funded by: E.ON in May 2019
Bungoma County is home to an estimated 1.7 million people and sits on an area of 2,069 km². Bungoma is the 3rd populous County after Nairobi and Kakamega. Bungoma County’s economic strength is agriculture: sugarcane, tobacco, coffee, onions, vegetables, sunflower, and dairy cattle. Maize in Tongeren and Naitiri also makes the county a vital part of the region’s breadbasket. The poverty rate is 32.4% (2016)
Busia is a county in the former Western Province of Kenya. It borders Kakamega County to the east, Bungoma County to the north, Lake Victoria, and Siaya County to the south, and Busia District, Uganda to the west. The 2012 population of Busia was estimated to be 816,452 with females numbering 425,622 (53.13%) and males 390,830 (47.87%) respectively. By the year 2017, the population is estimated to have grown to a total of 953,337(456,356 males and 496,981 females). Out of the estimated total population in 2012, a total of 144,616 (17.71%) people were below the age of five years while in 2017 the number is expected to be 168, 862. Busia County poverty level is at 64.2 percent compared to the national poverty level of 45.9 percent.
Trans Nzoia County lies on the western side of Mount Elgon in the former Rift Valley province, some 380 km northwest of Nairobi. The County is home to about 818757 people, 50% being male, and 50% female as per the 2009 census. Currently, there are over 470 primary schools and 120 secondary schools in Trans Nzoia.
This project was started to help the communities in these counties access clean energy through an affordable payment model.
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