The regions of Savalou and Natitingou suffered frequent cuts in their electricity supply. These lasted one or two hours, occurring on average more than one day out of two, affecting in particular the work of the hospitals in these two zones. The Beninese association ACTIONS BENIN SOLIDARITE (ABS), which works in particular in the field of health, drew the attention of Electriciens sans frontières to the need for improving working conditions and the quality of care in two hospitals in Savalou and Natitingou, having about 250 beds each. At the same time the association also stressed that the villages furthest from these two cities could benefit from better collective services if the schools, the clinics and the village squares were electrified.
Photovoltaic energy systems make it possible to electrify village squares, health centres and schools in 13 villages in the Savalou and Natitingou region so that the population will have access to better living conditions, conducive to their development. The installation of charging stations for mobile phones generates income to ensure the replacement of equipment and to create jobs, accessible to women, in each village.
The project improves surgical conditions and patient care at night in hospitals and clinics covering an area where 360,000 people live and improved learning and teaching conditions in schools in the 13 villages ( Between 1,000 and 2,500 inhabitants per village on average).
In each village, a person is employed to provide a charging service for mobile phones. The revenues will finance battery renewal, the replacement of bulbs and employees’ salaries. The team also provided training in maintenance, fault identification and resolution, and has ensured the establishment of facilities management committees. As part of this, the villagers received training in the financial management of charging stations for mobile phones.