In order to promote the local economy and help the locals improve their living standards, TrinaTracker cooperated with the local government to hire villagers from five nearby villages of the project and involve them in the construction of PV projects after technical training.
These villages are all Kalenjin tribes. Kalenjin is one of the 48 tribes in Kenya and mostly lives by sheep herding. Over the past three years, the training has enabled the local villagers to acquire different knowledge and increase their economic income by building PV power plants.
In addition to technical training, TrinaTracker’s local team has provided support and assistance to the villagers in their daily lives and other aspects, building a deep emotional bond. According to Jose Carlos Talavera, TrinaTracker’s head of project in Africa, they are invited to the local church to celebrate together during festivals and are often invited to villagers’ homes for tea and conversation or an authentic local meal.
The local children are also interested in the power plants, which they have described as “new gadgets”. Invited by the local government and as a token of appreciation for the warm companionship of the local villagers over the past three years, the TrinaTracker team came to the Watergate Primary School in Uasin Gishu County, donated toys and school supplies to the students, and conducted a series of lessons explaining the benefits of solar power generation, environmental protection and renewable energy. The children were also keen to learn about cultural customs in China, Europe, and Africa.
says: “We are proud of deploying PV power plants in remote areas, as we can also help the local people through the projects we do” said Jose Carlos. “Like the Kenya projects, it’s a great pleasure for us to see how the Kalenjins learn about PV technology and grow their sustainability awareness.”
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