JEANETTE GITOBU The beauty of having electricity is that it provides many more opportunities that may not have been available before in these communities. That could range anything from education, that could range to even opening new businesses opportunities, therefore driving even more opportunity for employment. Even improving the local lives of the individuals that are living within these communities.
For example, hospitals require a large amount of electricity to be able to run properly and to service the needs of the community. Therefore, having access to electricity even via a mini grid can be able now to improve the health care services that are available within the area itself. Therefore, for example, doctors that wish to find opportunities to come and practice medicine are able to get job opportunities to come within the community. Locals themselves are able now to maximize on the electricity that is available, for example, to feed businesses such as restaurants, such as laundry areas. I mean, whatever business opportunity that decides to come within the community itself decides to open up, electricity definitely serves as a benefit to be able to maximize on that opportunity. Even when it comes to education, it means now that students and children and individuals who are in the education sector can be able now to study and have opportunities now to be able to study at night at the same time, instead of having to rely mainly on sunlight.
This question actually touches strongly into my heart because my parents as they were growing up, especially my mom, did not have access to electricity at her home, so she would use kerosene lamps, which of course have a lot of health effects on the human body itself. Just having to smell the fumes coming from the kerosene lamp itself to do her homework at night. Thankfully, she is OK, but there're definitely harmful effects from using these kinds of sources of light to be able to have now the human impact itself, whereas these fumes are not the healthiest to inhale on a daily basis.
So, I think for me, I'd definitely say that even when it comes to job creation, mini grids not only provide an opportunity for engineers and for their local community itself to step in and be able to take an active part in maintaining these grids, therefore creating job opportunities for the community itself. I think on a broader level at the same time, for example, health care and education, off the top of my head as practical examples, electricity is definitely able to improve the livelihood of these areas. Mainly because it's able to able to act as a source that itthey can use to move themselves and where they are now into the future that they wish to envision for themselves.