Free lighting Manyattas project launched

By Abdi Hussein

More than 1,700 homes in Kajiado and Makueni counties have benefited from free solar lighting connection in an effort to improve access to sustainable clean energy in the region.

The aid comes in handy to light Maasai Mayattas in the rural parts of Kajiado county bordering Makueni County.

The Sh15 million free solar project courtesy of Compassion International in partnership with Schneider electric is aimed at reaching needy households in the rural villages who are yet to be connected within the national grid.

The decision was informed by the abject poverty the beneficiaries live in, making paraffin unaffordable. In this region, locals live in abject poverty in Manyattas and mud house experiencing eerie darkness at night.

Speaking during the handing over of the solar panels to beneficiaries in Kiu, Sultan Hamud recently, beneficiaries lauded the initiative saying it will improve their livelihoods.

“Our prayers has been answered  after years of untold suffering. Most of us could not afford paraffin for our kerosene lamps. We are optimistic the new lamps will change our lives and improve the education standard of our children,’’ said Jackline Sakuda, a beneficiary.

Compassion international senior manager of business support Linet Ochieng’ said access to clean affordable energy will promote holistic development of families by promoting education among children.

Schneider electric East Africa head of sustainability Carol Koech noted that all beneficiaries were trained on installing the solar system.

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