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Solar-powered Tablets Jointly Rolled Out by Chinese, Kenyan Firms Empower Locals in Rural Kenya


People register during a launching ceremony of a solar media project in Nthunguni village of Mtito Andei, Kenya on July 1, 2023. Rehema Yusuf is a mother of three children living in a small village in Mtito Andei, some 200 kilometers southeast of Nairobi. As a participant in a solar media project, she succeeded to earn more money and better feed her children by learning hairdressing and some other skills to get more job opportunities.

China’s Shenzhen Solar Run Energy Co. Limited and Nairobi-based Mama Layla Solar Lights in Kenya partnered in September 2022 to roll out solar-powered tablets, or “solar media” that are designed to empower marginalized communities.

A total of more than 200 families benefited from the previous two phases of the project in parts of Kenya’s remote areas that lack electricity provision, with the first phase providing 25 units of equipment for local villagers and the second phase 81 units. The third phase will be implemented in November 2023 and is expected to provide 200 pieces of equipment to more areas.

“We got introduced to this solar program last year in November, and I have learned a lot through the device,” Rehema said, “It has taught me how to plait and do dreadlock hair even shave, and this whole process has truly improved my life.”

Source: English News

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