Funded by: Uddevalla Energi in May 2015
Taita Taveta County is located in a hilly and very scenic part of the Coastal region of Kenya. The capital of Taita Taveta is Voi Town. A lot of the land is covered by the Tsavo East and Tsavo West National parks, well known for rich animal life. In the lake Jipe area, there are elephants co-existing with the community and occasionally there is human-animal conflict. Taita Taveta is rated among the poorest counties in Kenya with a poverty rate of about 57% (living on less than $1.25 per day). The majority of the population relies on subsistence farming and cattle and is vulnerable to changing weather patterns and poor harvests. The women and girls spend long hours collecting firewood and water. In the few places where there are electricity transmission poles running there are not enough transformers. In combination with the cost of installing electricity equaling a year’s income, this prohibits the households from connecting. 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.
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