Rural women walk far for firewood or use the little money they have to buy kerosene. Deforestation is a serious problem in Kenya, causing drought, famine and poverty. Accidents with kerosene stoves cause deaths and destroy property. The emitted smoke and fumes increase the incidences of chronic cough, asthma and other allergic conditions. This project will popularize solar energy use to safeguard the environment and generate income for the women when they sell solar-powered wares.
Train rural women on the use of solar power and related wares that can be made and sold. Share knowledge with others on the benefits of solar power and as a means to generate income. Market the products and expertise in the country.
Reducing the use of firewood and kerosene for fuel in the rural home will free time and money for use in other development activities, while safeguarding the environment. The training will provide another source of income for the rural woman.