Kenya, November 2010.
The beginning of the journey to search for the usages of solar energy in Kenya started for me in Kibera, a slum in Nairobi. Kibera is the second largest slum in Africa with a population of approximately 700.000 inhabitants.
The Community Youth Program in Kibera gathers youths from Kibera who create solar lamps that are being made for the community. They create and sell the lamps and the money that they receive is shared amongst the group. Inside the youth center there is a solar panel, but it is the only one in Kibera. Their hope is to be able to build solar panels for the whole Kibera community.
In Kenya, solar panels and lamps are also being used in schools to power computers during school hours. They are used in market villages where everybody can charge its mobile phones and power fridges, but also in individual houses.
Solar power lamps are practical argument for solution of climate change and can give a positive reason both economically and environmentally potential of solar power in out of reach areas where electricity is expensive and impractical to come by to poor communities.
This story is part of Climate Change by NOOR.