Lighting the Homes of Women Farmers with Solar Lamps in Rural Kenya

Euince Wegulo prepares a meal for her family with the help of a solar lamp she acquired from One Acre Fund in Khachonge, Kenya. Image credit Courtesy of Hailey Tucker

Lighting the Homes of Women Farmers with Solar Lamps in Rural Kenya

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Category Energy Transition

Our project categories represent one of three core solutions pathways to solving climate change. Energy Transition focuses on renewable energy access and energy efficiency. Nature Conservation includes wildlife habitat protection and ecosystem restoration, as well as Indigenous land rights. Regenerative Agriculture supports farmers, ranchers, and community agriculture.

Realm Afrotropics

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Funding Level $$$

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Timeframe 1 year
Partner One Acre Fund

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Most of Kenya’s population lives without electricity, forcing people to rely on kerosene to light their homes. Kerosene is a very dirty fuel, as it emits a higher percentage of black carbon than wood when burned, which damages its users’ health. Furthermore, kerosene lamps pose a fire and burn hazard, the light they give off is too dim to read or study by, and they’re expensive.

3. Alice Wafula - Alice Wafula's family eats dinner together in Khachonge, Kenya under the light provided by a solar lamp Photographer: Hailey Tucker

Alice Wafula's family eats dinner together in Khachonge, Kenya under the light provided by a solar lamp. Image credit: Courtesy of Hailey Tucker

One Acre Fund operates in Kenya's western and southwestern regions, two of the country’s primary food-producing areas. The organization believes that investing in local growers is the key to ending hunger and poverty in this lifetime, as most people living on less than $1 a day are farmers. By getting proven tools like solar lamps into farmers’ hands, this project aims to help them to advance from poverty to prosperity.

This project’s goal is to distribute solar lamps to over 150,000 female farmers in rural Kenya, where virtually none have access to electricity. The solar lamps will allow farm families to charge their cell phones, light their homes at night so their children can do schoolwork, and even generate extra income by charging neighbors a small fee to recharge their cell phones.

The project’s outreach, marketing, training, and engagement are all designed to maximize the program's accessibility to women. Quality-of-life products such as these solar lamps are particularly popular with women who appreciate their impact on children's education. Indeed, One Acre Fund client surveys on household expenditures have shown that a third of the additional income generated by this solar program is reinvested into education.

Gertrude Nasike, a One Acre Fund client, illuminates her home with a solar lamp in rural Kenya. Photographer: Hailey Tucker

Gertrude Nasike, a One Acre Fund client, illuminates her home with a solar lamp in rural Kenya. Image credit: Courtesy of Hailey Tucker

Support will allow this project to connect even more farmers with these clean energy products and help them become better nourished and more prosperous by supplying them with everything they need to grow more food and earn more money. Additionally, all farmers who work with One Acre Fund have access to high-quality agricultural inputs like seeds and fertilizer, offered on credit and delivered near their homes.

Working with farmers in this way helps mitigate their carbon footprints through products like solar lamps and practices like climate-smart agriculture. Furthermore, it aids in providing resilience against changing weather patterns like droughts and floods due to climate change.

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