Provision of quality Solar Lighting to day schools in Marsbit County to replace use of kerosene and dry cell batteries
Provision of quality Solar Lighting to day schools in Marsbit County to replace use of kerosene and dry cell batteries
The proposed project will supply students in day schools with high quality solar lanterns that they can use in their homes in the evening for their evening study, in an affordable and sustainable way. The project aims to eradicate use of dangerous kerosene by the students while on the other hand accelerating use of renewable energy. The project will use locally available natural resources to improve the lives of the poor. The pricing of the solar lanterns will be very low so that it is cheaper than kerosene and affordable to the poor in the community.
Sauti Moja Marsabit (SMM) is a Community Based Organization (CBO) working in Marsabit County, Kenya and has a successful program model for enhancing the livelihood and food security of vulnerable women and children in pastoralist communities. Due to the severe droughts of the last few years, there are large numbers of female-headed households unable to provide adequate food and other basic needs for their children. SMM implements a Community Livestock Bank (CLB) model which aims to help them recover from drought related shocks and proactively become food secure by supporting remote communities within the County.

The CLB model provides a sustainable community asset-acquisition plan that provides beneficiary widows with livestock loans plus animal health and husbandry training and veterinary medicines. The model requires each beneficiary to “pass on” the first female offspring to the next most-needy household, so this will directly impact more vulnerable households. These pass-ons of female offspring more than double the number of households that benefit.

The structure and system has empowered women through participatory decision-making, increased equality and wealth, and significantly improved their ability to contribute to community concerns, and gain social acceptance.

Because armed conflict and animal raids are common within the County, inter-ethnic CLBs are encouraged, and these formerly vulnerable women, initially victims of violence, end up becoming active agents of peace. SMM has also been implementing a Family Health and Nutrition Education program that further builds up women’s confidence and capacity to control their lives.
SMM has over the years partnered with a number of agencies in the implementation of its programs. SMM has received support from the following agencies: Sauti Moja Canada (SMC - a Canadian charity); Emergency Relief and Development Oversees of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada (ERDO-POAC); Joyce Meyers Ministries; Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF); the Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB); World Concern, and Veterinarians International (VI).
Marsabit County is one of the underserved areas with very few electricity connections. The population in the rural areas mainly use kerosene for lighting. On the other hand, the area has very good solar irradiation making use of solar energy for lighting a very good option. Unfortunately the high quality solar gadgets are unaffordable for the majority of the poor people. The few that manage to buy end up buying very poor quality solar lanterns due to cost. We are proposing to supply solar lanterns through schools so that the lantern will be dedicated to the students for their studies so as to improve their academic performance, their health, the economy as well as the environment in general. The students will be allowed more than one lantern so that they can also take to other members of the family. Competitive bidding will be done for the solar lanterns funded by SGP. The lanterns to be used must be approved by Lighting Global (see and have a two year warranty so as to ensure quality. They also must have pay-as-you-go facility so as to enable the students to pay a small down payment of Ksh 100 and a daily payment of Ksh 15.

Business as usual for pay-as-you-go solar products (deposit of Ksh 1,000) is still not affordable to many poor families and that is why it is important for GEF SGP to fund this proposal for our organization to implement a project specifically designed for the poor. Our project is lowering the initial deposit so as to make high quality solar products affordable to the poorest of the poor currently using kerosene and dry cell batteries for lighting. Kerosene is expensive in the long-run but since it can be bought in small quantities of Ksh 20 or even Ksh 10, the poorest of the poor goes for it since that is what they can afford. The poor who can afford solar lanterns end up buying very poor quality lanterns that are cheap and breakdown within a short time.
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Project Snapshot

Sauti Moja Marsabit
Area Of Work:
Climate Change Mitigation
Operational Phase:
Phase 6
Grant Amount:
US$ 30,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 56,224.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
Project Number:
Start Date:
End Date:
Currently under execution

Grantee Contact

Mr. Bernard Ndambo


P.O. Box 237 – 60500, Marsabit Physical Address: Marsabit Town
Marsabit ,

SGP Country office contact

Ms. Nancy Chege
(254-20) 7624473
(254-20) 621076
Ms. Salome Nyakundi


UNDP, P.O. Box 30218
Nairobi, 00100