The supply of energy and water in sub-Saharan Africa is precarious. Rural areas are particularly affected. Only 56 percent of the population there has access to safe drinking water, and only 17 percent to electricity. More than 80 percent of domestic energy is generated from kerosene and diesel, resulting in high costs for families and, in particular, serious consequences for humans and the environment.
With our concepts in the working area of Basic Needs & Social Entrepreneurship, we contribute to overcoming supply deficits. At the same time, we create employment and training opportunities and promote local entrepreneurship. The Water-Energy Hubs (WE!Hubs) in Kenya are a reference project for this approach.
What is the WE!Hubs concept?
- Grid-independent stations
WE!Hubs work with solar energy and are thus grid-independent. They can be easily deployed in regions without infrastructure.
- Environmentally friendly and economical energy supply
WE!Hubs use modern solar technology to generate electricity. For a small fee, customers can charge cell phones and rechargeable lanterns, lamps and batteries to replace widely used and expensive petroleum lamps, which are harmful to human health and nature.
- Drinking water production
Each WE!Hub also offers safe drinking water. Rainwater and groundwater are collected and purified through a solar-operated filter system
- Access to computers and the Internet
WE!Hubs will also be equipped with an Internet café where interested parties can participate in computer, Internet, and entrepreneur training courses or use the network for private contacts and professional activities.
- Employment and training opportunities
- WE!Hubs offer income opportunities for the local population, such as working directly in the facilities. People from the region can also participate in various continuing educational courses in which basic business skills, the use of information and communication technologies, and social skills are taught.