Funded by: IMD in May 2012 - February 2018.
Busia County is the gateway to Kenya from neighboring Uganda, with two border crossing points at Busia and Malaba towns. The main economic activity is trade with neighboring Uganda, with Busia town - the county headquarters and largest town being a cross-border center. Away from town, the county economy is heavily reliant on fishing and agriculture, with cassava, millet, sweet potatoes, beans, and maize being the principal cash crops. The county has a total population of 743,946 and has recently shown a lot of economic potentials, with agribusiness, real estate, and commercial businesses booming the most. The main source of light is kerosene. 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 30%, due to the long transportation.
The GIVEWATTS vision is to eradicate energy poverty in the world, thereby addressing a number of SDGs (United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals) such as Access to Affordable and Clean Energy (SDG 7), Quality Education (SDG 4), Climate Action (SDG 13), and Life on Land (SDG 15). IMD Business School and GIVEWATTS have been collaborating since 2012 to bring access to clean and renewable energy to people in rural off-grid areas with impactful results. In total so far, the collaboration has been able to impact the lives of 2,285 people in Narok, Amboseli between Nairobi and the coast, and Busia in Western Kenya. This means a replacement of 457 kerosene lamps, leading to savings of CHF 260,490 in kerosene and mobile charging, an estimated 626 tons of CO2, and improved grades for 1,371 kids, on average 15-20%.
In addition, in 2018, IMD contributed with stationary, rain jackets, and bags that GIVEWATTS has been distributing to schools that are particularly in need of this type of support.
Photo Credit: Private for GIVEWATTS
IMD- PED Narok May 2012- May 2014 60 solar lamps
IMD-MBA Amboseli October 2012- 2015 80 solar lamps
IMD- MBA Amboseli May 2015- March 2017 96 solar lamps
IMD Busia January 2015- January 2017 100 solar lamps
IMD Busia February 2018- February 2020 121 solar lamps