Energy for development

Electricity is seen only as a potential, and value is created in the electrical service

Beneficiaries

Indirectly, through institutional, communitarian, or businesses activities/services being connected to the Micro-Grid (e.g.: community centre) the whole local population of the electrified villages and the surrounding satellite villages population.

Directly, through direct connection to the Micro-Grid: the households, local businesses such as workshops, lodges, barbers shops, retail and wholesale, shops, kiosks, phone charging, bars (cold storage), agricultural activities, welding activities, sewing activities and institutions such as the school, and the medical dispensary.

local services

SESMA’s local operator will provide high quality, affordable, energy-efficient electric appliances and tools.

SESMA is also partnering and is always looking for collaboration of NGO’s, companies that can support on the following sectors:

Agriculture

Irrigation system and greenhouse.

Light and energy

Battery chargers, lamps and sockets.

Education and Water and sanitation

Water filtration, washing machines, pumps and recycling machines.

Food preservation

Fish drying machines, freezers, refrigerators and ice machines.

Health and well-being

Surgical lamp system and ventilators.

Food processing

Oil presses, ovens, mills, blenders and roasting machines.

Entertainment and connection to the world

TVs, radio, musical instruments, speakers, mobiles and projectors.

Equipment for services and crafts

Welders, carpenters, hairdressers, shoemakers, mechanics, painters, butchers, potters, beekeepers, microfinance areas, computer services, among others.

Some results of the SESMA Burundi’s Beneficiaries Satisfaction survey over 90 beneficiaries interviewed, after 1 month of operation:

Satisfaction: 90% are satisfied of the electrical service.

Benefits: 85% answered that the main advantage is the lighting during the night and the increased security. More than half of the respondents said that their revenue was increased since they received electrical services from the Micro-grids. All of them reduced their expenses in energy.

In term of job creation: it is more than 80 people from the villages that participated in the construction of the Micro-grids. The local operators of SESMA are young skilled people from the villages that also participated in the construction. The initiatives from the beneficiaries allow job creation and we estimate at more than 50 new activities in the villages thanks to the Micro-Grids.

Alternative energy sources: before the Micro-grid arrival, almost half of the responding households used a SHS to cover their energy needs, a 12% used torches, 12% used candles and 5% used batteries and 5% wood.

Appliances that households want to acquire in the future: the households mostly want TVs, fridges and radios. Some also want PCs, grain mills, sewing machine, fan, and rice cooker.

Revenues and economic increase: the majority of the businesses answered that their earnings were increased by 2000-50.000 BIF/month. People from the neighbourhood are coming to the beneficiary village that created an economic hub, and many houses have been built in the beneficiary villages since the Micro-grids have been built.

Cost of energy: the results show that in average the cost of energy is 30% less than before the Micro-grid. Commercial and institutional customers pay 50 to 80% less per month for energy than what they were paying before. For the residential customers, they pay 10% more with the Micro-grids compared with before, however, they claim that they want to increase their packages as they are fully satisfied with the electrical services.

Appliances that households want to acquire in the future: the households mostly want TVs, fridges and radios. Some also want PCs, grain mills, sewing machine, fan, and rice cooker.

Revenues and economic increase: the majority of the businesses answered that their earnings were increased by 2.000-50.000 BIF/month. People from the neighbourhood are coming to the beneficiary village that created an economic hub, and many houses have been built in the beneficiary villages since the Micro-grids have been built.

Cost of energy: the results show that in average the cost of energy is 30% less than before the Micro-grid. Commercial and institutional customers pay 50% to 80% less per month for energy than what they were paying before. For the residential customers, they pay 10% more with the Micro-grids compared with before, however, they claim that they want to increase their packages as they are fully satisfied with the electrical services.