Trans Nzoia County has made great strides in enhancing access to electricity from 21% in 2013 to the current 60% due to heavy investments made by Kenya Power with the support of the Government.
Speaking during the commissioning of a Kshs.20.4 million electrification project at KoyKoyin Trans Nzoia County on Saturday, Kenya Power Board Member, Director (Eng.) Elizabeth Rogo, said the Government driven Last Mile Connectivity Project has contributed immensely towards improved electricity access in various parts of the country.
A total of 850,651 households have been connected under the Last Mile Project to date. Over 180 households at KoyKoy have benefitted from the project.
“Currently, over 70% of Kenyan households have access to electricity. With confidence and support from the government and international lenders in the ongoing Last Mile Connectivity Project, we are extending the programme to other communities and help attain universal access in the medium term to enable faster economic growth and empower millions of customers,” she Director (Eng). Elizabeth Rogo.
The Company also launched two Last Mile projects that has benefitted 103 households in the Kapsara and Ngorera communities within Trans Nzoia County at a combined of Kshs.8.3 million.
Through the Last Mile Project, the Company has extended the electricity network to open up rural areas such as KoyKoy, Kapsara and Ngorera, thus opening them up to incredible growth opportunities.
“Economically, the project has accelerated job creation as beneficiaries create small business such as hair salons and welding shops to improve their financial independence and wellbeing. The project has helped improve the livelihoods of Kenyans, especially for those living in rural areas because we have subsidised the cost of electricity connection,” she added.
The Last Mile Connectivity Project was initiated in 2015 with the aim of accelerating access to electricity in rural and peri-urban areas to drive social economic growth.
It is funded by the Government of Kenya, the African Development Bank, the World Bank and other development partners.