Busia, Kenya


  • Location

    Busia > Samia > Funyula > Nambuko > Mango

    Closest town – Funyula

  • Population

    Approximately 600 people or 104 households

  • Nearest School

    Primary – within community

    Secondary – 5km walk

  • Electricity Supply

    National grid within 1km

    Only 2 small businesses and a private home connected

  • Water access

    Ground water from shallow wells and Sio river close by

    Spring with manual chlorine dosing

    Irregular piped water to a few families

    High cholera prevalence

  • Income & Economy

    Avg. Monthly Spend of 15-25 US$ (firewood, charcoal, water treatment, medicine and others)

    Agriculture subsistence farming largely casava, maize, beans and ground nut crops

    Some livestock & poultry


  • 250 Families

    provided access to electricity

  • €30000

    total amount needed in order to complete this project

  • Matching Found

    For each Euro you invest, Fortum will fund one Euro, until the project is fully funded, enabling your impact to be twice as effective.

  • RVE.SOl funds

    RVE.SOL pledged €15000 from their own funds into the installation, to cover the overall installation costs of €45000.

  • 5 years

    number of years until you get your money back

  • 10,4%

    Gross return exclusive exchange rate. Bi-annual repayments, grace period on first payment (only interest payment), 10% interest p.a. on declining balance.

  • €33276

    Return after 5 years

  • December 2015

    receive investment

  • March 2016

    Construction is completed. People start receiving electricity.

  • Risks

    Exchange rate fluctuations and political risks in Kenya which could influence the amount of money payed back.

  • Regular updates to investors

    About the project and the positive impact it has on people’s lives.


  • 50 Families

    with access to renewable electricity and potable water

  • 30 Families

    Access to 24/7 electricity

  • 20 Families

    Access to solar lanterns

  • 7 kWp

    hybrid solar installation

  • 5+

    businesses with electricity

  • 75% more savings

    per house, per month, by using electrical bulbs instead of kerosene lanterns

  • 72% reduction

     in kerosene use

  • 74% monthly savings energy

    of $12/month instead of $16/month

  • 47% improvement in grades

     because of night-time study with light

  • 180% increase in girl-child school

    attendance because of financial savings

  • Zero cases of waterborne

    illness through consistent use of potable water

  • 2h savings

    per mobile phone recharge, avoiding long distances to normally do so

  • Access to television

    and related educational programs brought on further income and savings increases

  • 100% increase

    in cassava yield

  • 66% increase

    in mosquito net and resulting prevention of malaria

The impact study results indicates not only that the KUDURA technology works reliably, but more importantly that consumers are willing to pay for clean energy & water services. A further 28 households have signed for our next expansion phase.

June 2016

GVEP joins SME training program

April 2016

Installation of RVE.SOL’s mobile PAYG metering system

April 2016

Project capacity upgrade completed through crowdfunding by TRINE

December 2015

Project upgrade funded fully by crowdsourcing

Crowdfund Platform [CLICK HERE]

October 2015

TRINE funding site visit

May 2015

Social Impact Analysis after 3 years

November 2011

Site Commissioning

October 2011

EPC Deployment

September 2011

Baseline Social Survey

June 2011

Community Sensitisation and Capacity Building

April 2011

RVE.SOL funds Sidonge pilot as proof of concept

November 2010

Site identification visit