Lupingazi Youth Group, formed in 2008, has 19 active members. They have been beneficiaries of Equity Bank though saving and loan borrowing, as well as being a part of welfare activities. They are end users of energy stoves, having purchased eco-zoon stoves in 2016 through a facilitation from Equity Bank. From their experience and positive feedback they have been referring their friends to the program.
In order to comply with the Energy Regulatory Commission’s regulation which requires any facility with hot water requirements exceeding 100litres a day to install a solar water-heating system, accompanied with their desire to save on their electricity bill that would amount to 2.3M a year, Abby Hotel attained a loan from Equity Bank. They installed Orb Sunstreams (water heating system), reducing over 60% of their energy expenses in a year. It’s a very reliable, efficient and affordable energy resource.
George owns a 5 acre piece of land for his agribusiness farming. He is required to farm his land throughout the year to ensure a continuous supply of vegetables to the market. During dry seasons, George was forced to irrigate his land using buckets which was tiring and time consuming, and therefore could only farm a quarter of an acre. He then heard on radio about the SF2 solar Future Pump and purchased it since it requires no fuel to run, needs minimum maintenance and is portable.