Our Impact

Find out more about how our projects impact the rural communities with whom we work.

Economy

Social

Health & Safety

Education

Environment

Technology

Economy

Families connected to the electrical grid will be able to use the funds they save from buying fuel to pay for the electricity they consume. Jamii Power has developed its electricity delivery model around a less costly budget than that of kerosene. This will produce considerable savings and increase the overall purchasing power of the community. Electricity and lighting will provide opportunities for villagers to work at night and continue with economic or household activities after sundown. Villagers will also be able to apply electricity to enhance their existing businesses or pursue new economic opportunities.

Social

At present, social activity in the rural regions is mostly limited to outdoor areas during the daytime due to inadequate lighting.  The community centers and other areas that are intended for social exchange are dimly lit and unattractive for social events. In cities where access to electricity is widespread, the social fabric is woven into the built environment.  Designated and specialized lighted areas provide spaces for a healthy exchange of ideas and information.  Electricity is a crucial factor in the creation of these spaces.  With adequate lighting villagers have the freedom to choose the time and place of their social gatherings.

Health & Safety

Fuel based lighting is associated with many serious dangers including respiratory issues due to indoor pollution, bodily burns due to direct contact and fires that lead to loss of property, serious injuries, and even death. Electricity use will help to eliminate some of these dangers, allowing children within the households to play, eat, study and sleep in a clean and safe environment. The availability of light within homes will also increase the overall security for families.

Education

In most rural villages, children rely on kerosene lighting to continue their studies after sunset. Electricity from the solar mini-grid system will enable the use of better quality lighting and students will no longer be forced to study directly beside a polluting light source. The use of electricity will also allow students and other members of the villages to gain access to electronic media through radios, television sets, and the Internet. This will enable the community as a whole to stay updated on current affairs beyond their own village, while providing them with the opportunity to mitigate the ever-increasing technological gap.

Environment

Lighting from fossil fuels contributes heavily to the destruction of the natural environment. Due to the lack of electricity people in the rural areas resort to using kerosene for lighting. The use of kerosene lamps contributes to the production of green house gases such as carbon dioxide.  According to a survey conducted by “Lights for Life,” each kerosene lantern consuming 1L of kerosene per week produces 0.1 tonnes of CO2 every year contributing in part to the 244 million tonnes of CO2 emissions from fuel-based lighting each year. Through the use of our solar powered lighting solutions, Jamii Power can immediately eliminate the need for fuel-based lighting.

Technology

In most rural villages, children rely on kerosene lighting to continue their studies after sunset. Electricity from the solar mini-grid system will enable the use of better quality lighting and students will no longer be forced to study directly beside a polluting light source. The use of electricity will also allow students and other members of the villages to gain access to electronic media through radios, television sets, and the Internet. This will enable the community as a whole to stay updated on current affairs beyond their own village, while providing them with the opportunity to mitigate the ever-increasing technological gap.