With Water-Energy Hubs (WE!Hubs), Siemens Stiftung promotes the use of renewable energy in Kenya and improves the supply of energy and water in remote regions. WE!Hubs are solar-powered energy stations, which operate independently of electricity grids and can supply green energy and safe drinking water to rural regions without infrastructure.
For a small fee, people can rent portable lanterns, lamps and batteries. The profits are reinvested in the expansion of the business and in other charitable activities. In addition, WE!Hubs offer jobs, training programs, and income opportunities for the local population.
In the start-up phase, five new WE!Hubs were built in Kenya and three existing hubs were refurbished, upgraded with an Internet café, and equipped with new, more technically advanced products. Four of the five new WE!Hubs were built around Lake Victoria and one on a tea farm in Kericho.