Power Africa in Lugari, Kenya
Power Africa: Renewable Energy and Energy Efficient Technologies Peter Mutai, 42, in Lugari, Kakamega County was among the first members of Lugari Boda SACCO to apply for a loan to buy a 4A solar lantern. "The 4A has 4 bulbs and costs 8500 shillings (USD 84) and is enough for my three-roomed house. One bulb is placed outside to provide lighting at night and for security purposes," Mutai said. More than 95 percent of Lugari SACCO members are not connected to the electricity grid. Off-grid energy solutions empowers the members to improve their lives and conserve the environment. Boma Safi won $100,000 from USADF's Off-grid Energy Challenge to increase the distribution of its solar lanterns and efficient cook stove products to rural populations in Kenya. As part of Power Africa, the Off-Grid Challenge is helping ensure responsible, transparent and effective management of energy resources in Sub-Saharan Africa.