A Renewable Energy Promotion - Achieving a Low-carbon rural society through Solarfi charging Kiosk and Micro Enterprise development in Malema, and Luawa Chiefdoms Kailahun
A Renewable Energy Promotion - Achieving a Low-carbon rural society through Solarfi charging Kiosk and Micro Enterprise development in Malema, and Luawa Chiefdoms Kailahun
The project aims to connect the underserved and unconnected populations in remote rural area through solar-powered phone charging stations to ensure low carbon society and livelihood support to vulnerable group(s) especially rural women and youths. Kiosk with solar panel addresses the UN Sustainable Development Goal 7 (Goal 7 of the SDGs aims to correct this enormous imbalance by ensuring everyone has access to affordable, reliable, and modern energy services by the year 2030)). It also contributes to government new direction agenda and Paris agreement on climate change. The good effect of such intervention is social equity, economic, and clean environmental. This project is designed to be implemented as a pilot to build twenty (10) Kiosk with solars in communities in Gaura Chiefdom, Kenema and Luawa chiefdoms Kailahun district. This project will contribute to save environmental pollution due to corbon emission from generators that use fuel for lighting. The project reduces burning diesel 43,800 liters per year. These 10 stations can reduce 101.24 tons or 13542.42 m3 volume per year drastically. (Formula from www.icbe.com/carbondatabase/volumeconverter.asp). Compared to existing practice 24 HP diesel generator consumed diesel at least 12 liter/day x 365 days x 10 changing station = 43,800 liters/year = CO2 101.24 tons or 13542.42 m3 volume. If they did not use solar they produce this much CO2. But if they use solar they reduce CO2 17.69 tons per year or 10017.683 m3 CO2 volume per year. (Formula from www. icbe.com/carbondatabase/volumeconverter.asp).

The kiosk can charge mobile phones, provide virtual top-up service to buy mobile airtime and support, and in-turn provides livelihood support to rural women and youths. Kiosks can charge up to 40-50 phones and provide lights closer to public places for pupils to study at night, also the kiosks can be utilized for studies, extra lessons, and learn about important matters such as health i.e. washing hands, HIV prevention messages and climate change mitigation messages to people. In addition, the kiosk will provide education on climate change. The goal of this project is to ensure that 10 Kiosks with solars are equipped and functional in Gaura Chiefdom, Kenema and Luawa chiefdom Kailahun district in other to ensure low carbon society. The project will all provide livelihood support to vulnerable groups managing the kiosk in the community. The project will benefit 380 women 200 men through capacity building on livelihood and enterprise on business skills, climate change mitigation, health message and provide low cost phone changing for over 6000 (3000 Male 3000 Female) families in community within 12 month period.
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Project Snapshot

Volunteers for Community Development Organization
Sierra Leone
Area Of Work:
Climate Change Mitigation
Operational Phase:
OP6 -Y4 (Jul 18 - Jun 19)
Grant Amount:
US$ 30,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 6,125.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 3,375.00
Project Number:
Start Date:
End Date:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Significant Participation of Indigenous Peoples
Community people will fully involve from the project inception to implementation, during the proposal stage community stakeholders were engaged and they made meaningful such Skilled unskilled labor, project committee was set up to monitor the project and provide land for the construction of permanent kiosk. The project committee will be responsible to give project updates to village development committee and chiefdom development committee
Gender Focus
In mainstreaming gender VOLUNTEERS FOR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ORGANIIZATION and communities will focus on the selection of more women as beneficiaries. For each group formed, the composition will be 15 women and 10 men. In the selection of FBO and youth clubs focus will be placed on girls 15 and boys 5. The beneficiaries will include widows, female headed households, female survivors of EBOLA, HIV/AIDs persons, vulnerable women. Special preference will be given to women with disabilities. The Organization will promote the capacity of the most vulnerable groups especially women to take a lead in deciding what, who, where, how and when to implement project activities. We will raise awareness of male and female on gender transformative programme and approaches. Women are seriously affected by poor waste management. The project shall engage men to lend support to their wives and other female counterparts in the mitigation of climate change and building of Kiosk with solar in the community.
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Tonnes of CO2 decreased or avoided by energy efficient and renewable energy technologies or applying environmentally sustainable transport practices introduced by SGP Project 101
Number of indigenous people participated/involved in SGP project 50
Increase in household income by increased income or reduced costs due to SGP project 144000000
Number of individuals (gender diaggregated) who have benefited* from SGP project 600

Grantee Contact

Mr. Alfred Roberts
Phone: +23276799407
Email: alfred.senesie.roberts@gmail.com


8 Fullay Street
Kenema , Eastern region , +232

SGP Country office contact

Mr. Abdul Rahman Adaama SANNOH
+232 76 789 985
Mr. Desmond Luseni