I am Edward Wambugu and I live and work in Kajiado county in Kenya. I run an organization called Green Gifts Ltd ( www.gglafrica.com). We specializes in using technology to create social impact at the Base of the Pyramid (BOP) low income earners especially in rural areas .
Our campaign is to place 20,000 solar powered home systems in households in Kajiado County to protect families and their livestock from wildlife attacks.
Access to electricity in Kajiado County inhabited by the Masai community is only 40% and 412,385 people (82,477 households) lack electricity. Due to this they have no access to household lighting and lighting for their compounds where the keep their livestock at night.
The Masai depend on selling livestock for income and carnivorous nocturnal predators like lions, hyenas and wild dogs threaten the livestock at night in their compounds also endanger human life.
Thousands of livestock are killed each year and people maimed as a result of attacks by wild animals. As a result of this dozens of wild animals are killed every year escalating the human wildlife conflict.
Our project will provide access to lighting in their houses and compounds to deter wild animals.
Partnering with the community we have designed a 'Solar powered household and livestock protection Kit' .The Kit consists of a 30 watt solar panel , a 12 volt battery , 6 LED lights to light the household and the compound where livestock are kept at night and a customized electric fence to deter wild animals from entering the compounds.
We need your help to start our campaign.
We need your help to raise $6,000 which will be utilized as following:
1. $3,000 to assemble 30 livestock protection kits. These will be sold to households and the funds raised from selling them will be used to assemble more kits for sale.
2. $3,000 to educate communities on the kit .The costs will include traveling costs , meals and accommodation for the field teams over a 3 month period. The team will work on a volunteer basis until the project is profitable enough to pay salaries