30 Nov GESTO PILOT PROJECT: COUPON/VOUCHER PROJECT IN SENEGAL REDUCES ELECTRIFICATION COSTS
In November, Gesto finalized the pilot project for the coupon/voucher project in Senegal, implementing trough out the country an innovative scheme that aims the reduction of households´ connection costs to the electrical grid by making the connection fees affordable to rural population.
The objective of this pilot was to test the coupon system into the concessionaires realities and distribute the coupons in the selected villages to verify the acceptance in rural populations.
The beginning of the pilot phase was on November 2nd with a steering committee meeting where the pilot methodology and coupon distribution timeline was agreed.
The pilot implementation comprehended several activities developed on the field, mainly: training the different concessionaires field teams; training activities in the concessionaires on the coupon management software; national campaign on selected areas / villages.
The global feedback from the villagers was very positive and the pilot was unanimously considered a success.