A loan of $9,800 helped to pay for a connection to the solar micro-grid installed in Ololailumtia. With connection to power, Teresa will be able to increase her business in her shop and salon, by selling cold drinks, phone charging, and offering haircuts using electric clippers.


Ololailumtia's story

Teresa has 5 children and also runs two businesses: a shop that sells clothing and jewelry and a hair salon. Without power, Teresa must rely on either costly kerosene for lighting her home and shops or small solar lanterns. Neither of these provide power that Teresa can use for activities that will improve her and her childrens’ lives or her business activities. With the loan, Teresa can connect to the micro-grid installed in Ololailumtia. The solar powered micro-grid will deliver 240V AC electricity to Teresa's home and shops.

Teresa’s home of Ololailumtia is a rural village, almost 100km and at least a three hour drive from the national grid power. The village sits on the edge of the Maasai Mara and serves as a commercial hub for both the Maasai residents and safari camp workers inside the reserve. With power in her shop, Teresa can use a refrigerator to sell cold drinks and other items. These are a rare commodity in her village and the profit she generates can be re-invested into her business. She also can offer more hair services in her salon because she has electricity to use electric hair clippers and for TV and radio to attract customers. Teresa estimates that on a given market day, she can sell over 100 sodas and give enough haircuts to cover her entire monthly electricity spending.

Teresa will also be able to provide more for her family with a source of electricity. Teresa will be able to have more lighting for her home and shops, and at a much cheaper price than kerosene, giving her extra income to spend on her children’s school fees or re-investing in her businesses. She will also be able to power a laptop computer for her family to use. Teresa is ecstatic about the possibility of having a connection to the micro-grid in her home and shops – the access to reliable and affordable power will transform how she runs her businesses and provides for her family.

Aside from Teresa, 10 other members of the village are also a part of the loan connecting to the grid: Sammy, Dorcas, Elizabeth, Mary, Habon, Rashid, Amos, John, Mbugua, and Pauline. They are also a combination of home and small business owners and are looking forward to the positive impact that micro-grid power will have on their homes and businesses.



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