Funded by: IMD in February 2018.
Busia County is the gateway to Kenya from the neighbouring Uganda, with two border crossing points at Busia and Malaba towns. The main economic activity is trade with neighbouring Uganda, with Busia town - the county headquarters and largest town - being a cross-border centre. Away from town, the county economy is heavily reliant on fishing and agriculture, with cassava, millet, sweet potatoes, beans, and maize being the principal cash crops. The county has a total population of 743,946 and has recently shown a lot of economic potential, with agribusiness, real estate and commercial businesses booming the most. The main source of light is kerosene. For cooking the households almost exclusively use charcoal and firewood (hence a high rate of deforestation in the area). The price of kerosene is higher than in Nairobi by about 30%, due to the long transportation.
GIVEWATTS brings access to clean energy products as solar lamps. GIVEWATTS process has been developed into a process where the initial funding starts the distribution wheel. Our aim is to keep a balance between business efficiency and impact.
Impact Follow Up
Including distribution of clean stoves