In partnering with Kenyan Women’s Groups for the past 17 years, WEI has been witness to the impact of solar energy. We are thankful to now be supporting and matching the solar project effort of the 3 women's groups who are saving for this.
After access to clean water, light and electricity are one of the next major steps on their path from poverty! Here’s a few reasons why we choose to support solar as a development project with our partners in Kenya.
- On average, children in Africa spend two hours a day extra on homework when they have solar lights. This means kids can have a higher chance of succeeding in school if their family has solar power.
- Almost 26 million people in Kenya lack access to electricity, the majority in rural areas.
- Electricity is more than just light, it allows people to stay more connected by powering phones, radios, and televisions, as well as being a source of income generation.
- A small business can generate an average $150 more a year due to access to light and charging energy.
In our inaugural year of solar power, WEI matched Women's Group earnings of 4 solar packs. These solar packs include a solar panel, charging unit and utility pack.