√Člectrifying North Kivu

Transforming everyday life

By the end of 2021, over 20,000 households were connected to Virunga Energies, supplying electricity to over 140,000 people. For many, it was the first time that their homes had electricity and had a transformative effect on their daily lives.

Connecting water pumps

Access to drinking water

In 2020, Virunga Energies installed the first water pumping station in the west of Goma, serving around 300,000 inhabitants. Three other stations are planned. Once complete, this project will improve access to drinking water for over 1,000,000 people, notably reducing the prevalence of waterborne diseases such as cholera.

Free electricity

Improving social services

By supplying clean and reliable electricity to social services such as health centres, hospitals, state offices, schools, universities and community radio stations, Virunga Energies contributes directly to the improvement of the services they can offer the community. To this day, over 20 sites benefit from this programme in Goma, Rutshuru, Mutwanga and Lubero.

All inhabitants of the villages and neighbourhoods on the ground also benefit from public street lighting. Its impact is profound: social life in the evenings is extended and most importantly, the security improves. This effect is most notable for women, who are the main targets of kidnappings and rapes.

Creation of jobs

Supporting businesses

The development of small and medium enterprises is impossible without access to electricity as alternative sources (e.g. solar energy) can’t meet their needs. Generators, on top of their environmental impact, are prohibitively expensive. By the end of 2021, 1305 businesses were connected, generating multiple employment opportunities for the local community.

Beyond a connection to to a clean, reliable and affordable source of electricity, Virunga Energies supports local businesses by giving them access to finance. The beneficiaries can take out a loan that they repay through their purchases of electricity. By the end of 2021, 367 local business owners have taken advantage of this programme.

Two industrial areas have also been created. They offer business an ideal environment to flourish: a secure area with easy access to water and electricity, as well as the infrastructure to assist them in establishing their chosen business. Training and financial advice are also offered to all businesses which set up in the industrial area.