MTN Foundation has connected 419 vulnerable households from Gisagara and Nyaruguru districts with off-grid electricity installations worth Rwf 25 million in line with supporting government efforts of getting 70% households connected by 2018.
The off-grid solutions of solar panels were unveiled yesterday to residents of Mukindo sector in Gisagara district and Busanze sector of Nyaruguru district, Southern Province.
The chairperson of MTN Foundation, Zulfat Mukarubega said they have pledged to allocate 1% of earned income to activities uplifting citizens’ welfare.
“MTN as a commercial company has committed to donate 1% of its income to support government programs meant to enhance citizens’ wellbeing,” she said.
The off-grid solutions were availed to 233 households in Gisagara and 186 households from Nyaruguru districts.
Augustin Nyandwi, a business man, resident of Mukindo sector lauded the facilities saying they used kerosene lanterns or torches in the night.
“I would buy torches batteries or oil but were not enough to allow my children revise. Life has become better as we are now connected,” he said.
An old man, Anastase Rwaje from Busanze sector said it is exciting to have electricity at home unlike the past where he would use firewood for lighting in the night.
Only 16.5 of Gisagara residents are connected with electricity while connectivity in Nyaruguru stands at 16%.
The official inauguration of off-grid facilities to Gisagara and Nyaruguru residents was also attended by the CEO of Rwanda Energy Group (REG), Jean Bosco Mugiraneza who asked residents to maximize benefits of availed electricity to realize development.