Sustainable energy today holds the key to control climate change.  Mindful of the fact that climate change together with poverty is perhaps the greatest threat to sustainable development, there is thus a need for communities to embrace this new technology and the advantages that come with it. Cameroon today has demonstrated her willingness to embrace this new, reliable and sustainable invention. RUWDEC is glad to part of this transition.

Empowering local communities through solar energy electrification initiated by late Mme. Yonga nee Bih Fonyam Beatrice, implemented by RUWDEC and funded by the Global Environmental Facility Small grant program implemented by UNDP seeks to promote sustainable development, economic empowerment and poverty alleviation of Munyange Trouble through the provision of solar system units and a prototype solar cocoa dryer, reduce forest degradation through tree planting of Non-Timber Forest Products and improve nutrition and livelihood through improved cultivation techniques of staple crops and training on animal husbandry  of snails and grass cutters.

With in the framework of this project 2 grandmothers have been trained as solar engineers in India by the Barefoot College who on return have installed about 100 households with solar system units with the assistance of 4 other women trained by them. Each household has a panel and battery of 20 Watt 12V fixed unit and 20 AH 12 Volt respectively that support 3 florescent bulbs, the charging of phones and a lantern with a smaller panel.

A Rural Solar Electrification Center has also been established 4 panels and 4 batteries of 80 Watt 12volt and 75AH 12 Volt respectively  with the capacity to support 6 florescent bulbs, computer facilities and television set.

the project has recorded the following successes

  • 100 solar panels have been provided, 98 households benefit.
  • 2 women trained as solar engineers in Barefoot College Tilonia India. Women’s right to education and prominent job opportunities promoted.
  • Community tree nursery established with over 5000 NFTP and out planted on 40 hectares.
  • 81 farmers benefit from sustainable livelihood options (25 women, 38 youths and 18 men): – 7 farmers received 250 snails each, 1 farmer received 3grass cutters, 30 farmers: – 150 kg of improved maize seeds each, 14 farmers:- 1348 improved cassava cuttings and 29 farmers: – 100 improved plantains suckers each.
  • Established Women Sustainability and Development Fund of 1000.000 FCFA. 20 women benefit from micro-loans of very low interest to support their businesses.


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