Helping Youth Solve Energy Problems Through Skills Training PDF Print

 

In Somalia, youth unemployment is high. Young people looking for work lack the skills, experience and education that make them desirable in the job market. Another, very different, issue among the youth is access to electricity. Most rely on lamps and those who are well-off rely on diesel powered generators – they are not connected to a power grid.

CISP is tackling these two problems with a joint solution; training youth on how to install solar energy systems. Solar power is a readily available source of energy and skills to tap it can be a source of livelihood in Somalia. To this end, 80 youth from Ceel Dheer and Xarardheere were selected by their communities to attend a one week practical course on solar energy in Mogadishu.

 

Abdifatah during training

 

Abdifatah, a tailor from Xarardheere, is one of the beneficiaries; he can now continue working well into the night unlike before.  “To generate more income, I want to add a mobile phone charging unit to my business,” he remarks. ‘I also believe that I can help others install solar panels at their homes and businesses. If I become successful in that line, I may become a solar panels technician in Xarardheere and abandon the tailoring business,’ he said optimistically.


Nevertheless, despite the optimism expressed by Abdifatah, he faces the challenge of getting the money to buy his first solar panel. Although solar panels are considerably cheap compared to generators, poverty is a hindrance among the general population in the region; raising the money to buy one could still be out of reach for many.

 

By Salad Ghedi, Communication Support Officer, Mogadishu

 

 

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