Funded by: Fortum Sweden in September 2012
Narok Town is the last major town when traveling by road from Nairobi to Maasai Mara National Park and Keekorok Lodge. The town stands as a center for services, business, and finance. For decades, Narok's economy was controlled by Asian and non-Maasai communities. It is n a semi-arid region where the majority Masaai population are traditionally nomadic pastoralists. The area is off-grid and neither the school nor the homes have electricity. Reliance on the grazing of livestock renders the community vulnerable to climate changes. 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.
Photo Credit: Private for GIVEWATTS