Was in the streets of Nairobi last weekend and there many shops stocking solar PV equipment and you can buy off the shelf.
I saw a very interesting project today on solar lanterns charging. An entrepreneur is supported to set up a solar charging station and lantern users are charged a certain amount of money every time they bring the lanterns for charging. The entrepreneur also maintains the lanterns and follow up with users to make sure that they charge their lights as required and do not abuse them. The technology is well researched and tested in different places.
This could be a very simple way to reach many people with better lighting, promoting entrepreneurship, income generation, cost saving and many more.
Several primary schools dedicated for children from the poor families in Arusha region have started to benefit from solar-powered lamps, thanks to a generous support from the United States-based charity.
At least 75 units of the lamps and other gadgets were handed over last week to parents and caretakers of pupils at the Arusha-based St. Margreth Academy and another centre in Monduli district with more pleas to assist the disadvantaged children.
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