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Kristine Yakhama
Posted March 3, 2019 from Kenya
Mothers Lighting Up homes and communities in Rural Kakamega
We can advance gender equality and the empowerment of women.

"My mother used to just be at home now she has come back and is an engineer and a leader .She is on the village Energy committee said a 10 year old girl from the village of Madala." When I grow up I will be Governor " Little more than a year ago homes in the village of Madala were dark after sunset.Today they are filled with light from solar lanterns as women bustle around cooking and children do their homework near the lamp light.One woman has brought this light to six wards remote Shinyalu sub county. AT least 50 households now have their own solar lanterns for lighting .They are among the 15 illiterate  rural mothers  many of them also grandmothers from Kakamega who benchmarked in Kitui county courtesy NGAAF office , to install and maintain solar lanterns .The program is part of the women representative initiative.After 3 weeks training  trainees return to their villages to electrify households with solar lantern and assume responsibility for their repair and maintenance for a period of five years .We hope this will be a challenge to other women who want changes and want to eradicate poverty , said Jane one of the trainees .These women not only bring electricity to their communities for the first time but they also introduce a renewable and sustainable source of energy can be maintained and replicated in the remaining 11 sub counties .Despite being illiterate  of modest means and having travelled outside Kakamega, within weeks of returning home trainees have managed to set up solar lanterns in the 6 wards of Shinyalu sub county .

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Jill Langhus
Mar 03
Mar 03
Maya Iwata
Mar 03
Mar 03

Kristine,
Thank you for lifting up this powerful story of women making improving their communities and making change. Love that they brought electricity to their communities for the first time AND brought a renewable and sustainable source of energy that can be replicated. These women did not let their modest means and literacy challenges stop them. #InnovateforChange! #EveryDayWomenArePowerful!

Tola Makinde
Mar 04
Mar 04

Dear Kristine,
You are such and inspiration. Keep up the good work

Seka
Mar 05
Mar 05

Chère Kristine bonjour,
Qui pouvait s'imaginer qu'une femme réaliserait de tels exploits? Sûrement que quelque chose est entrain de s'opérer dans la vie des femmes. Nous sommes capables, voilà un exemple à suivre.
Ta sœur Seka

Kirthi
Mar 05
Mar 05

You are so inspiring, dear Kristineyakhama! Thank you for sharing your story, and for being such a powerhouse of resilience and strength.

Deborah Munyekenye
Mar 05
Mar 05

Kristine,
That is good work for the community. Keep up

ARREY- ECHI
Mar 06
Mar 06

Hello Kristine,
This is a very beautiful and inspiring story. It goes without doubt that empowering a woman, a community is empowered.
More grace to the women as they go about learning to empower themselves and also for your team.
Love,
Arrey

Olutosin
Mar 06
Mar 06

Wow! Amazing. May their tribe increase. Amen

J Brenda Lanyero
Mar 06
Mar 06

Hi Kristine,
This is really nice, so awesome.

Sis. Salifu
Mar 25
Mar 25

Wonderful experience thanks for sharing this with us.