How solar powers has helped sleepy town to claim Mara’s billions

The story of Talek’s phenomenal growth can be told through Lucy Mwangi’s business. Her hardware shop has given birth to another, and she has the Talek mini-grid to thank. “I have grown from operating in a corridor to running two hardware shops. Besides building materials, I now sell electricals to residents,” she says.

The fortunes of this township changed when it was selected for a Sh30 million pro-solar mini-grid pilot project funded by the German government through its development agency GIZ.

GIZ says it chose Talek because of its remote location. Connecting it to the national grid would require passing the transmission lines through the game reserve.

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