SunnyMoney went up a hill... and brought solar power to thousands
You may remember my blog entry documenting a site survey in Makueni, a region two and a half hours east of Nairobi. Well, I'm glad to say that we have now brought solar power to many of the people in that community.
Makueni County contends with perennial drought and famine due to erratic weather patterns, caused, in part, by years of large scale deforestation. Our team, who specialize in installing large solar systems, worked with teachers to fix solar panels on to the roofs of eight schools, directly benefiting 2,500 students. Meanwhile, our SunnyMoney team sold 80 affordable solar lights to teachers, parents and students, with many more placing orders.
But it wasn't easy. Just getting to this rural area is hard enough; we crossed a river and climbed a six kilometer hill - all on foot! It was simply impossible to reach some of these schools by car, even the 4x4. But, thankfully, when we did, the students and teachers considered solar a fantastic replacement to their kerosene lamps.
The field trip culminated with the commissioning of large solar panels to be installed on even more schools in the area. Once contracts were signed, my colleague, Hudson, was even honored as the Chief Guest and Honorary Chief! We then had the pleasure of presentations, poems and songs from students to mark the occasion.
Overall it was a very good and productive trip, which yielded positive results. Congratulations to the SolarAid team who were in Makueni County - Hudson (or Chief Hudson, if you like), Felix (Macrosolar Intern), Caroline (Microsolar Business Manager) and Victor (Macrosolar Coordinator).
If you would like to support our work and help us to bring solar to the lives of even more rural schools, then please make a donation.
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