The story is the same for Mr Iddi Tsuma, a local fisherman who is now able to store his fish after landing at the local beach within the sprawling slum village.

“I have power connected to my small store where I have a refrigerator from where I store fish before taking them to the market. Unlike before when my catch would go to waste since there was no cold storage facility here,’’ he said.


The first phase of the three-phase project was launched on April 3, 2016 and took 18 months to be completed. The existing distribution transformers which stood at 5,320 were maximized to reach an estimated 314,200 households across the 47 counties, located within 600 meter radius.

The benefits brought by the project include connectivity to power grid, an increase in economic activities and reduction of electricity connection cost from Sh35,000 to Sh15,000.

Most homes, which used to rely on kerosene as a source of light, now have access to electricity due to the reduction in cost of electricity.

Kenya Power says there has been a 46 per cent rise in the number of new customers in the last two years raising the number of those connected to more than 3 million.

The national government targets to have at least 70 per cent of Kenyan households connected to electricity by the end of the year and achieve universal connectivity by 2020.

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