The Rural Electrification programme, an initiative of the Kenya power, has spurred rural development in an incredibly great way. My rural home in the beautiful hills of Taita is a testimony of this. A couple of years ago, for instance access to information was a preserve of the privileged few who had ability to own ‘car batteries’ to provide power for their TV sets. However when the batteries run out of charge one would have to walk miles away to the nearest town to recharge. Cell phones had to be used sparingly because when the charge is exhausted you would have to wait for your next visit to town to recharge. We would each time have to buy Eveready batteries to power up our radios and sometimes when they run out of charge we put them under the sun the whole day to recharge. In church we would spend a lot of money buying petrol to run the generator to operate our sound equipment and of course the carbon emissions from the generator exposed the environment to hazardous effects. That was then when Kenya Power hadn’t befriended us yet.
We have since been connected us to the grid changing the story completely. The village is well lit at night with most of the homesteads having installed electricity. Because of electricity connection tremendous business opportunities for the youths have emerged. A couple of guys are now running different ventures among them cyber cafes, photocopying and printing services, photo printing, barber shops among others thanks to electricity connection that can run the machines. These guys are now earning an income hence preventing them from engaging in uncouth practises like drug abuse.
Through Kenya Power’s efforts, dairy farmers in my village no longer count loses because Brookside put up a cooling plant where farmers sell their milk in whatever quantities at any time of the day hence dealing with the challenge of having to sell their milk to vendors who don’t have facilities to preserve the milk something that really plunged farmers into loses. The facility has provided a constant market for the farmers’ produce hence encouraging more of them to venture into the business.
Courtesy of Kenya power telephone communication has greatly improved. Phone service providers have now been able to erect network masts that enhance network connection. Access to information has as well improved with people owning internet enabled phones that they can use to browse internet without having to fear running out of charge and having to look for a place to recharge.
A college has set its foot in our small town since we got connected to the grid. Several young guys from the village especially those who’ve just finished high school have enrolled for computer packages, among other courses hence increasing skilled man power in the population. The college has helped ease the burden of people having to travel to towns and cities far away from home to seek such services.
Thank you KP