UK based OVO Foundation has injected Ksh. 161.6 million (£1.75 million) to support the efforts of a local electrification project christened Jua that seeks to electrify over 300 schools and health clinics in underserved parts of the country.
According to a news report by the Kenyan Wallstreet, the project, which was initially launched in the country in 2017 focuses on generating energy from off-grid solutions such as fossil fuel and solar plants.
Following its original launch in 2017, the project successfully installed 20 solar systems in Turkana and Kilifi but the capital injection by OVO is expected to expand the initiative into other counties such as Kwale, Taita Taveta and Isiolo.
According to Gaby Sethi the Head of OVO Foundation and CSR the initiative will benefit approximately 300,000 people while greatly aiding Kenya’s national electrification project.
“By lighting rooms and powering equipment, we are creating a safer environment for those accessing healthcare services and helping bridge the rural/urban digital divide in education,” Ms. Sethi is quoted as saying by Kenyan Wallstreet.
On his part, Godfrey Sanga, Energy 4 Impact’s Director, East Africa lauded the Jua initiative capital injection which will further help in transforming the lives of Kenyans in remote areas. He also attributed the success of the Jua electrification project to close knit partnerships with local county governments.
“We owe the success of the pilot to the overwhelming support by county governments and the effective partnership with the local communities, schools, health clinics. The benefits of a scaled-up program will extend to the poorest and most deprived people of Kenya,” Mr. Sanga added.