Off-grid Solutions Project
Kenya Activity Overview
Aid to Bring Electricity and Improve Life for the Maasai
Enkutoto District, Narok County
Near the border of Tanzania, there is a village where 3,700 Maasai live. There is no industry in this region. The only resource is farming cattle and goats. Daily expenses per family average $2.5. The majority of households are below the poverty line. The nomadic Maasai are recently beginning to live in settled areas, but their lifestyles still depend on their traditional pasturing and small-scale agriculture. In part due to the effects of climate change, they find it difficult to escape from poverty. Only 36% of Kenyans have access to electricity, and only 12% in rural villages. This village is one without access to electricity.
What they want is electricity to power their dreams.
A village of the Maasai people located five hours away by car from the capital, Nairobi. They live by livestock grazing and small-scale farming, with very small cash incomes. Due to the impact of policies to induce them to settle and land policies to protect the environment, the amount of pasturage is limited, so they need to find new industries. More children are going to school, and those involved with education are hoping to get lighting in the schools. As their lives slowly undergo transition now that they are living in one place and their society has changed, they need electricity in many aspects of daily life.
There are many ideas for local industries
"I want to grow vegetables and fruit with water from the creek using an electric pump." "I'd like to raise chickens efficiently using incubators." Many of the villagers are saying how they hope to raise their incomes by using electricity. There are hopes for models to be made for local industry involving the residents.