Westgate Conservancy, a Part of the Samburu Conservancy Installs First Solar Lighting Solution for Local Community

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IGAD Center for Pastoral Areas and Livestock Development (ICPALD) and Elerai Global Services for Africa installed for the first time a solar lighting solution for the agro-pastoral community in Samburu. The Lighting fixture “Boma Lighting or Toka gizani” is a low-cost, easy to assemble and install portable solar lighting solution which provides 10-12 hours of light.

The team led by Dr. Solomon Muchina Munyua and Dr. Adan Bika of the IGAD Centre for Pastoral Areas and Livestock Development (ICPALD), Mr. Alex Thiru and Dr I. Gathegi Kahiu of Kulal Mines and Dr. Naya Mondo and Eng. Henry Odhiambo of Elerai Global Services installed the solar lights at sites selected by the community.

The first priority was for the Ngutuk Engiron primary School, the second a public watering borehole and two homesteads (one semi-permanent and the other mobile).

The team trained Mr. Michael Ngamia, a selected community representative, on installation and maintenance of the lights. The lights at the borehole was designed to provide the women and children in the community with 24 hours secure access to the water borehole while those installed at the primary school were aimed at giving children an opportunity to study in the evening.

Women, men and pupils in the community were delighted for the lighting as this would facilitate access to water and extended study hours. The Elerai team plans to expand their manufacturing and distribution capacity to reach more members of the community and other communities in the Arid and Semi-Arid Areas in the IGAD Region in collaboration with ICPALD and like-minded institutions.

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