The project "Facilidad Sur Solar", in the South of the Dominican Republic, is achieving great results by implementing affordable energy services based on renewable energy for lighting, water purification and refrigeration in very poor communities. The beneficiaries are individuals and families at the threshold of extreme poverty and with little access to basic services.
This project intends to promote the oil tree Jatropha curcas as a renewable and decentralized source of biofuel for cooking and lighting to small-scale farming communities in Malindi and Magarini Districts in Kenya. The oil tree Jatropha curcas is a small tree resistant to a high degree of aridity that allows it to grow in almost any terrain even sandy and saline soils. The seeds contain an average of 34.5% oil that can be processed to produce high quality biofuel.
The project is called "Dotacion de Energia Renovable a Comunidades Rurales de Moca". The overall purpose of the project is to install solar energy systems to reduce the absence and/or instability of electric services in various households, in rural areas of the Espaillat province in the Dominican Republic. The project has improved the quality of life for the residents of 14 poor communities, with a total of about 500 families and 35 community centers, in the Espaillat province.