EEP project Rwanda

Oct. 12, 2017
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WakaWaka partnered up with World vision to make clean energy accessible in Rwanda


WakaWaka partnered up with humanitarian organisation World Vision for the Energy Environment Partnership (EEP) project. The main aim of the EEP project is to sell and distribute WakaWaka Prepaid Power to people living in remote areas with limited access to affordable and clean energy. Every household can purchase a WakaWaka Power through a pay-as-you-go (PAYG) system. Since the start of this program in September last year, 4791 units have been sold, meaning that over 4000 households are benefiting from this project!

The EEP Programme of Southern and East Africa is funding projects in all fields of renewable energy and energy efficiency, bridging the gap between a good idea and a bankable project*. The EEP’s goal is to help reduce poverty by promoting an inclusive and job-creating green economy. EEP also focuses on projects improving energy security and paying attention to the impact on global climate change.  For a specific project, the EEP has partnered up with World Vision departments of the United States and Rwanda. In Rwanda World Vision partnered up with us to sell and distribute WakaWaka Prepaid Power to people living in remote areas with limited access to affordable and clean energy.

WakaWaka provides a comprehensive energy solution designed to meet the critical needs of the rural communities in the districts Huye and Nyamagabe, where the project has been primarily implemented in. Every household can purchase a WakaWaka Power through a pay-as-you-go (PAYG) system.

Recently, the project has been expanded to an additional 18 districts where World Vision Rwanda was already operating, which directly expands people’s access to safe and sustainable energy through obtaining a WakaWaka! The revenues of these sales are kept in a community-managed fund, which accumulates community savings, provides income to resellers, and is a mechanism for sustainable growth and reinvestment in Renewable Energy/Energy Efficient technologies. 


Since the start of this program in September last year, 4791 units have been sold, meaning that over 4000 households are benefiting from this project! In addition, approximately 650 people have been trained in areas such as administration, bookkeeping and financial literacy and individuals selling scratch cards enjoy a monthly earning or around 40,000 RWF (approximately 40 euros). 

The project is also starting to aim to move beyond solar energy through the mobilisation of 200 community members who are now starting new sustainable income generating activities such as selling energy saving stoves and establishing a tree nursery. Overall, the project has been successful and will hopefully be expanded further in the future!

We would like to introduce you to Twagirimana Everijuste, who can elaborate about the success of the project on the individual level. Twagirimana was the first person to buy two WakaWakas in his village in the Cyanika district. According to Twagirimana, the WakaWakas have had a positive impact on his living, stating that they have brought him and his family many advantages, ranging from health to economic benefits. In his own words:

“We are no longer suffering from kerosene smokes, we are saving some money because this lighting is cheap and, most importantly, my children's performance at school has significantly improved as a result of revision chances. I am no longer travelling long distances looking where to charge my mobile phone and sometimes, I also charge my neighbours phones and earn 1,500Rwf and use 1,000Rwf to pay for the scratch cards. I really appreciate these WakaWaka Powers.”

*The EEP Program is funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, the UK Department for International Development and the Austrian Development Agency.

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