Cecelia & Godfrey Miti:
A mini-grid for Ngwerere
Ngwerere is an area on the outskirts of Lusaka, just out of reach of critical municipal services.
The community now has power thanks to a mini-grid installed by Standard Microgrid, which can support 150 homes and businesses. Electricity is sold using an innovative system that works with credits. The price of electricity varies depending on the time of day, to help the company manage demand.
New shops and businesses have opened, taking advantage of the reliable, cheap daytime electricity. Here, children pay a small fee to watch television. They can also rent gaming consoles.
“This company has been good for the community. It’s nice to see development here and lights that are always on.”
“We’re better informed because we can watch television and listen to the radio more often. It is safer outside because there are more lights. And this company has given me work.”