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21 October 2022

International visit to the pilot villages!

As part of the Offgrid Solar Forum in Kigali, 60 participants from all over the world visited the two pilot villages.

ArrivalUnder the tree

The Offgrid Solar Forum is a biennial international conference and exhibition organised by GOGLA, an industry association for solar systems that provide electricity independent of the grid. Co-organisers this year were Lighting Global, a World Bank initiative to electrify off-grid villages and towns, and the Ministry of Infrastructure in Rwanda.

Smart classroomTeachers

Participants in the field trip came from industry, universities, governmental and non-governmental organisations. The World Bank and some development cooperation donors were also present.

Clapping in smart classroomWoman with children

The main focus of the excursion was the visit of the projects and the discussion with teachers, pupils, a hairdresser in his shop, and a water kiosk operator,

Hairdresser 1Hairdresser 2

The participants were also able to visit private houses in small groups and talk to their inhabitants about electrification, optimised cooking appliances and other things of daily life. The members of the Board of Trustees interpreted.

Solar systemClean Cooking

We received very positive feedback from the participants afterwards.

Buses and discussionWater kiosk