The project will train youth to make Mwangabora solar lamps from recycled materials and help women create businesses from money saved from no longer using kerosene, when they use Mwangabora solar lamps for lighting and charging phones. This will be in Kakamega, in western Kenya.
According to Kenya government data, Kakamega County in Kenya has poverty rate in of over 57%, and majority of these are women. Kenya's unemployment rate stands at 40 per cent, 64 per cent of whom are youths who constitute 60 per cent of Kenya's estimated population of 40 million. In addition, poor families spend an average of 40% of their daily income on kerosene, and this contributes to high poverty levels for households that earn about $1.5 daily.
SDFA shall provide vocational training and provide employment youths who had dropped out of school, support the youths to make Mwangabora solar lamps, provide women with the solar lamps and train the women on financial and business skills, and support them to set up businesses, partly with funds saved for not needing to buy kerosene. We shall also raise awareness on the impact of use of fossil fuels on the environment.
In 3 years, SDFA shall have more than 100 youths equipped with vocational skills, and provided with resources to be employed or run businesses. We shall also have over 500 women who have financial literacy and are skilled in starting and running businesses, and they shall have at least 10 microenterprises. We expect that a general improvement in livelihoods, with poverty levels reducing since women will spend the income on their families. The project will also reduce emission of carbon dioxide