Funded by: Fastighetssnabben in May 2018
Kitui County is the sixth-largest in terms of size and covers an area of 30,520 square kilometers. It is 11th in population size at 1,000,012 based on the 2009 census and has steadily grown since. The county is diverse with some areas being semi-arid and mostly dry, while others are fairly arable. The county, which lies between the altitude of 400m and 1,800m above sea level, is endowed with 14 different kinds of minerals but the most prominent are coal estimated at one billion tonnes in the Mui basin and gypsum in the Mwingi area. The two main urban centers are Kitui and Mwingi. Kitui is inhabited mainly by the Kamba people, followed by the Tharaka who are found in the Tharaka ward but there is also a sizable Swahili and the Somali population. The Akamba speak Kikamba and are considered friendly and welcoming. There are other communities mainly in urban areas. The main economic activity is subsistence farming of crops such as maize, beans, pigeon peas, sorghum, millet, cassava, etc. Livestock keeping is also popular, especially goats and cattle. 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 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.
In April 2019, GIVEWATTS received funding for an additional 160 solar lamps to help broaden our impact to more communities in Kitui.
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.
Photo Credit: Private for GIVEWATTS