Crowdfunded solar panels aim to supercharge business in Africa

by Maina Waruru, Reuters

Like many small-scale farmers in densely populated Kisii County in western Kenya, James and Janet Torori long depended on bananas, maize and a single dairy cow for food and income.

“Like everyone else around here we have relied on two crops to support our family and it has not been easy earning a decent income considering that what we have been producing is what everyone else produces,” James Torori said.

But over the last year they’ve found another promising source of cash: Using green electricity from a local solar micro-grid to power a hatchery and raise chicks for sale.

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-kenya-solar-crowdfunding/crowdfunded-solar-panels-aim-to-supercharge-business-in-africa-idUSKCN1MP0WE

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