“This business couldn’t be profitable if there was no electricity,” Fabiyano Mawiea tells me. “I’d have to close the shop at 5pm because it would get dark and no-one would come here. Because of electricity I have lights and there are lights outside the shop too. I can stay open as late as 10pm and I still have customers.”
Practical Action is the international development organisation that kick-started the micro-hydro scheme in the Bondo region. I visited the area to talk with the experts at MEGA and to see for myself the difference that micro-hydro electricity has made to the communities here.