Vendetta Awiti is a 63 year old widow who lives in Obunga-Kasarani village and sells bhajia to school children, all this from the assistance of the Obunga dwellers after her house sunk due to rains. She lives with her daughter and ten grandchildren; all orphaned by death of her sons. With an income of Ksh.70 a day, she can hardly fend for her daughter and grandchildrenobunga 2

But thanks to an invitation from Umande Trust, to participate in the annual Kisumu urban seminar together with her fellow slum dwellers of Obunga, Manyatta and Nyalenda at Kosawo hall in Kisumu. It is in this session that she got to listen to a presentation on solar energy from the county government, after which Umande Trust’s Managing Trustee offered to purchase solar units for the three slums represented and communities were requested to select one person per area of residence to benefit from a solar lamp; and Vendetta was luckily chosen to receive a solar panel with two lamps.                                                                                                                    

Her daughter and grandchildren have now gotten the opportunity to go back to school and are able to study late after the rest have retired to bed and a subsequent improvement in their grades, not to mention their improved morale.

Secondly, she is able to earn some revenue by charging mobile phones at a certain cost with the help of her neighbor after which they share the money between themselves.

Tobunga 1hirdly, her coughing due to use of paraffin has consequently reduced and now she enjoys a good night’s sleep. In the long run, Vendetta has also managed to save on fuel (paraffin)

Currently her only biggest fear in regards to the solar panel would remain to be security in terms of theft and protection from her playful grandchildren.

Her hopes were once again rekindled especially with her dependants back in school.

Several other households are also following on her footsteps of buying solar lamps, resulting into a safer environment for residents of Obunga village.


Story by; 

William Sande

umande trust

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