Funded by: Vattenfall Eldistribution AB in December 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. It borders three Counties: Kakamega on the South, Trans Nzoia on the North and Busia on the West. It also enjoys a vast shared international border with Uganda. The county’s economic strength is agriculture: sugarcane, tobacco, coffee, onions, vegetables, sunflower, and dairy cattle, while maize in Tongaren and Naitiri also make the county a vital part of the region’s breadbasket.
Busia County is the gateway to Kenya from the 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 potential, 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.
In November 2019, GIVEWATTS launched a Christmas campaign, through which Vattenfall contributed 450 lamps to impact families in Upper Western regions namely Bungoma and Busia counties. Since the inception of GIVEWATTS operations in Kenya in 2o14 to date, Vattenfall Eldistribution AB has collaborated with us to bring access to clean and renewable energy to families in Homa Bay, and Narok counties with impactful results. 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).
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