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Kenya's Fishing Community Seeks Solar Power

Hot sunny days can cause an economic havoc to the Kenyan fisher folks at Lake Victoria, the largest fishing waters in East Africa shared among Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.

With too much heat, fish rot so quickly if they are not preserved or reach the consumer as soon as they harvested. But this all-year round sunlight is turning out to be a solution to their preservation problems: solar energy.

With the help of four development oriented partners, fishing communities at Muhuru Bay, a stretched out section of the larger Lake Victoria lying on Migori County in Western Kenya have access to a solar micro-grid distributing the energy they need to power deep freezers.

To set up the 2 kW micro-grid, a British charity, Renewable World partnered with Osienala and Family Support Community based Initiatives (Fascia), both non-governmental organizations and an energy technologies' provider firm, Access Energy which has so far been rebranded SteamaCo.

UN Photo/Milton Grant

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