Finding financial independence through solar

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  • Fri, 01/24/2020 - 16:58

Nestled in the far-flung village of Abwong-B Agali in Lira district, Oloch Boniface’s barbershop has been operating on solar energy for the last two years. The small business is the main source of livelihood for him and a family of five. The 24 year old is now looking at expanding his business to include other services like cooling soft drinks and entertainment in order to attract more customers. “I want to get a new and better room for operation, have a TV set and install a fridge, so that customers can have cold drinks too”.

The Rural Electrification Program has recently reached Boniface’s village but this has been a long time coming, forcing businesses and homes to find alternative energy sources to stay afloat. He currently uses a solar panel large enough to charge his battery to last three days. His largest clientele are students from the surrounding schools and homesteads. “With a bigger battery and solar panel, I can charge till evening and run for more than three days and add other appliances”, says Boniface of his expansion plans.

USEA and its partners have in the recent past supported solar technical skilling of over 150 youths is selected districts of Uganda. This is because solar has continuously become the bedrock for many small businesses in off-grid rural communities.

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