City, Country: Kassakongo, Burkina Faso
French partner submitting the project description: Electricians Without Borders (ESF)
French partners: Amitiés & Solidarités Universelles, Electricité de France (EDF), Nexans, the public electricity distribution network in France (ERDF), the Aquitaine Region, Legrand
Dates of project: 2014-present
A few words on the project…
Electricians without borders (ESF) and their partners implemented a project in Kassakongo, Burkina Faso, aiming to provide sustainable access to electricity and water. 2000 peoples are reached by this project.
Background or General project description
The village of Kassakongo had neither a water distribution network nor an electricity grid. The nearest electricity grids were located 8km from the village and the public electricity utility has no current plans to expand the grid to Kassakongo. Access to drinking water and access to electricity are linked.
In cooperation with three Burkina Faso-based associations in charge of schooling, market gardening and animal husbandry activities, respectively, the NGO Electricians Without Borders worked to provide access to drinking water and light for villagers living in Kassakongo with three Burkina Faso-based associations.
The project consisted of the installation of eight solar panels on the roof of the primary school, the construction of a water tower with six solar panels used to power a pump and the creation of a vegetable garden have yielded results.
Today the village schools have improved significantly and the vegetable garden is used to provide children with a more balanced diet.
A partnership agreement was signed with local associations, management committees were set up within each association and a worker was trained in maintenance operations, ensuring the follow-up and long-term maintenance of facilities.
Strengths of project
The project involved a large panel of actors and relied, among others, on local NGOs, ensuring a good knowledge of the field and therefore facilitating the appropriation by the local communities.
It capitalised the Nexus Water-Energy-Food security in order to produce positive externalities.