New Solarkiosks in the remote Kaffa region of Ethiopia
Dear SOLARKIOSK friends,
We proudly announce that two new Solarkiosks have just opened in Ethiopia’s Kaffa region, which is recognized as the birthplace of coffee. The region’s landscape is lush and the local coffee plantations are engulfed by banana trees and tropical rainforests.
With the support of NABU, a German environmental protection organization, and the local authorities in Kaffa, Solarkiosk managed to implement two kiosks in very remote off-grid communities. Despite the difficult road conditions caused by torrential rain, the SOLARKIOSK Ethiopia team, along with the invaluable help of the local population, worked above and beyond to get the kiosks to their final destination.
A formal inauguration ceremony was held on the 26th of July 2014 in the villages of Gedam and Zingage to celebrate this achievement. Both events were attended by over 200 guests, including local government officials, religious leaders, local elders, local press, as well as the community members who will best benefit from the Solarkiosks.
The community expressed its blessing through a traditional coffee ceremony and a bread-sharing, which is symbolic in Ethiopian culture. This custom solidifies the partnership between the community and SOLARKIOSK.
To raise awareness on the benefits of solar products, the SOLARKIOSK Ethiopia team held a demonstration and explained the positive impact of solar energy products on the environment, health, domestic safety and household income, since the ‘the sun is free’. The inauguration festivities included activities for children and continued late into the night along with music, food and dance as the Solarkiosks lit up the celebration in the Kaffa Region.
A third Solarkiosk will soon be launched in Sherada, another remote village in the Kaffa region, which is currently inaccessible due to the heavy rainy season taking its toll on the rural roads.
A big Thank You goes out to the Kaffa community, NABU, and the SOLARKIOSK Ethiopia team who worked tirelessly to make this project a reality, despite the incredibly challenging conditions. This success would not have been possible without their collective efforts.