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In Kenya, women and girls are responsible for providing water to their homes, an activity that takes a lot of time and effort. Solar energy has made it possible to improve the availability of this resource and radically change their lives.

Kenya’s poorest rural areas have limited access to safe drinking water. The task is mainly assigned to women and girls, who must endure difficult days to access vital fluid.

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The cause of the shortage is linked to the lack of existing infrastructure as well as the lack of political will of the leaders to resolve the situation.

In view of the pressing need, the government decided to rely on photovoltaic systems to help the most marginalized communities. In this way, they pump water from rivers near communities.

In a county known as Tharaka Nithi of Kaari They use renewable energy to pump water and the results are very favorable. Families can pick it up for free.

The project cost 8 million Kenyan shillings ($ 80,000) and serves more than 40,000 people. Residents say their quality of life has improved dramatically.

Prospects for solar power in Kenya.

The government hopes to extend the proposal to other fourteen counties. For this, it will benefit from the support of the World Bank. Photovoltaic systems should provide access to lighting, heating and drinking water.

With water access available, you can improve irrigation and give it a positive impact on agriculture. Women will also have more time to devote themselves to supporting micro-enterprises in this branch to increase household income.

Marimanti is another community that has benefited from solar power. It has also undergone substantial changes. For example, health centers have enough water stored to ensure hygiene during deliveries and other operations.

In Kenya, they want to ensure both accessibility and sustainability of solar systems. For these reasons, the proposals are analyzed to ensure a modest payment to ensure the permanence of the installations in the future.

Solar energy is an alternative given the strong radiation in Africa. Despite its many advantages, there is still a long way to go. It is estimated that they are missing 20 to 30 years so that millions of people who do not yet have access to water can connect.