Mobisol, Rwanda’s leading off-grid solar energy company, has electrified 2,965 houses during the months of September and October, to curb diseases caused by kerosene fumes and other disadvantages that come with no access to energy.
Mobisol partnered with MTN Rwanda, Bank of Kigali, the Rwanda National Police (RNP), the Rwanda Governance Board, the Rwanda Environment Management Authority and Bralirwa to connect houses in ten districts: Gisagara, Nyaruguru, Nyagatare, Rwamagana, Gatsibo, Bugesera, Burera, Musanze, Kayonza and Ngoma.
For instance, in October Mobisol provided 283 systems when Bralirwa signed an MoU with the district of Kayonza and the Energy Development Corporation Ltd (EDCL) to supply solar electricity to vulnerable families in Ndego sector. At the occasion, the executive secretary of Kayonza district, Ronald Kiwanuka, expressed his gratitude and said the solar system would be very useful.
“It will bring relief as Ndego is one of the few sectors in the district which still doesn’t have electricity,” he said.
And in September, Mobisol joined hands with Bank of Kigali to light 500 households of ubudehe category 1 in Nyagatare district. Mobisol’s Head of corporate and Government Relations, Louis Rwagaju, said the solar company has managed to connect 500 households in 14 sectors of Nyagatare district.
“We managed to cover the entire district because of the support we got from Bank of Kigali,” he said, calling upon all the beneficiaries to take good care of the equipment which consists of a solar panel, three lights plus a charger that can charge two mobile phones per day.
Mobisol also partnered with RNP during the Police Week in May and June to provide solar systems to hundreds of homes around the country.
In all the above cases, Mobisol provided free delivery and installation, a 3-year warranty, as well as interesting discounts. Mobisol’s equipment helped the beneficiaries to improve their livelihoods as the reliable green energy provides better learning conditions to their children, ensures a healthier environment as kerosene lamps, which produce hazardous fumes, become redundant, keeps them connected as they are able to charge their mobile phones and radios, and makes it easier to engage in income-generating activities.
Read this article and more in issue n° 80 of Hope Magazine.