Berlin, 10th February 2017
The first days of 2017 proved very successful for POWER KIOSK. The project, which started in 2015, is financed by the European Union and led by SOLARKIOSK in Kenya and Ethiopia and HERi Madagascar in Madagascar. Its goal is to provide solar energy products and services to 100,000 people in rural areas through the installation of 160 solar-powered kiosks.
In Kenya, 11 Power Kiosks are already operational. The last two were inaugurated on January 19th in the Kawai and Oldonyo Orok villages of Narok county. With numerous other SOLARKIOSK kiosks already on the ground, Narok now enjoys all the benefits of an improved distribution and retail network. Several more units are awaiting implementation in Narok as well as Kajiado, Samburu, Isiolo and Laikipia counties.
In Madagascar, where 20 Power Kiosks are already operational, an exciting partnership with UNICEF was launched on January 27th. HERi and UNICEF joined efforts to curb student drop-offs from primary to middle school by making solar lamps available to students through a rental model. During the inauguration events in the Vatovavy Fitovinany region, practical demonstrations introduced students and parents to the programme and the many advantages of solar energy.
Despite the country’s challenging political and security situation, Ethiopia managed to launch its first three Power Kiosks on February 5th. These are located in the villages of Qaso Manso, Rayitu and Walta’l Saida in the Bale region, southeast of Addis Abeba. Qaso Manso’s opening was marked by a lively inauguration event with the active participation of townspeople, local and regional authorities, respected elders and solar light distributors.
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