Kenya: 66,000 Low-income Households in Slums to Benefit from Electricity Connections

News Release  No 2011/02

Contacts

In Washington:
Jacqueline Sibanda, tel. (+1) 202 458 2974
jsibanda@worldbank.org

In Nairobi:
Peter Warutere, tel. (+254) 20 322 6444
pwarutere@worldbank.org

Nairobi, October 31, 2011 – The World Bank, acting as administrator for the Global Partnership on Output-Based Aid (GPOBA), has approved a grant of US$5.24 million to increase access to electricity for low-income households in Kenya. The project will subsidize connections to the electricity grid for around 66,000 households (roughly 265,000 people) in Kenya’s largest slum, Kibera (Nairobi), and informal settlements in the Western, Central, and Coast Provinces.  The scheme will be implemented by Kenya Power and Lighting Company Ltd, a partially privately-owned company listed on the Nairobi Stock Exchange.