This training program on sustainable clean energy entrepreneurship is aimed at nurturing change agents and equipping them with the skills and tools they need to bring about community transformation in clean energy and environmental stewardship. This program is unique because other existing clean energy training programs are product focused and largely theoretical.

Course Description

The concept and need of sustainable clean energy; Clean energy and local practices; Clean energy and renewable energy,  types and Sources - solar, biogas, briquetting, wind technology, micro and small hydro power, efficient use of wood fuel both firewood and charcoal.

Clean energy and its implications on climate change, livelihoods and public health; Fuel-efficient equipment; definitions, production process, uses, advantages and disadvantages and financial opportunities.

Entrepreneurship and innovations; Basic business design; salesmanship and marketing; financial literacy; saving and bookkeeping; Business networking.

Case studies of successful entrepreneurship and experiential learning.

Objectives

  1. To instill knowledge and values on linkages among sustainability, clean energy, livelihoods, environment, climate change and business.
  2. To enhance agency and skills in youth-led entrepreneurship in sustainable clean energy markets.
  3. To develop trainers who can catalyze change, inspire, empower, transform and create champions of sustainable clean energy.
  4. To equip trainers with knowledge and skills on effective communication and marketing of sustainable solutions to lighting of homes

Course Targets

This course targets grassroots values-driven youth who want to tap the business in sustainable clean energy market to provide healthy and improved livelihoods

Lamu

The program attracted over 150 participants participants from Shanga, Matondoni, Mkunumbi, Faza, Langoni, Matondoni, Kizingitini, Ndau, Kiwayuu, Ndau, Mkomani,  Uziwa,  Witu, Chundwa, Siu, Langoni, Mpeketoni, Mararani, Manda, Mbwajumwali, Shella, Patte, Basuba and Lakeside.  81 of them expressed an interest in stating clean energy enterprises.

Kwale

The over 80 participants came from Golini, Matumbi, Godoni, Mtaa, Ng'ombeni, Msambweni, Kinango, Mwabuga, Kwale town, Borani, Simanye, Ntsavyani, Bomani, Mazumalume, Shimba Hills, Matuga, Tiwi,Tsimba, Mukundi, Vigurungani, Samburu, Mackinon, Bofu, Mazeras, Pongwe, Ramisi Town, Lungalunga, Likoni, Kombani, Taru and Mwakijembe. They showed keen interest in the program and some of them started solar energy businesses right away.  They purchased all the sample products and ordered for more.

Taita Taveta

The 89 participants came from Wundanyi, Shigharo, Mlechi, Mwakitao, Mbale, Moroko, Josa, Mchongonyi, Mengo, Kasighao, Choke, Mwanda, Njivu, Kironge, Kishamba, Mwatate, Maisenyi, Murughua, Matasenyi, Taveta, Voi, Sengenyi and Mazeras.

The event created an exciting atmosphere on the streets of Voi Town as the trainees demonstrated their newly acquired sales and customer care techniques during the experiential learning.   By the end of the training, some participants were already engaged in the clean energy business and even started selling to their fellow trainees. This was a huge challenge and motivation to the other participants.

Kilifi

The training attracted youth from different regions Kasarani, Mtondela, Marembo, Makao, mabirikani, South Gate, Bofa, Mnarani, Kiwandani, Survey camp, Kilifi town, kaya, Kope, ShauriMoyo, Mkoroshoni, Lgoona, Prison, Hospitali. The potential green energy entrepreneurs were quick to identify the business opportunities in the industry as a areas of the county are not connected to the national electricity grid.

Embu

The youth trainees came from Shauri, Blue valley, Stadium, Dallas/Matakari, Gatoori, Kathangari, Kithungururu, Spring Valley, Bonanza, Majengo, Nthambo-Njukiri and Koimogo.

Most of them were already engaged in some form of business ranging from hawking to small scale retailing. The participants were quick to embrace the Sustainable Clean Energy program as a very feasible way of improving their livelihoods.

Laikipia

Most of the participants were from pre-existing groups while a few were already solar entrepreneurs. They came from Naibor, Nyahururu, Karioka, Likii, Ndaika, Karinga, Majengo, Gichuga, Turukuma, Nyari, Rumuruti,location, Ayaru, Kaichukuru and Ngoru. Majority of them were. The idea of selling solar energy products was exciting to them because they felt that there are huge areas in the county that are not connected to the national electricity grid.

Meru

The participants were relatively young and some of them were already in different types of small scale businesses. They were knowledgeable on clean energy product and were able to spot business opportunities back in their rural villages. Most of the participants were willing to undertake further training on the products.