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REA changes lives for Mpika villagers

RUTH Kabwe attending to a customer in her shop. PICTURE: PRISCILLA MWILA

PRISCILLA MWILA, Lusaka
WHEN Medison Sichande’s husband retired from his job as a civil servant, the family decided to invest his pension in real estate – if you can call it that in a rural outpost such as Mukoma village in Mpika district.
They started with three houses, which eventually multiplied to 12. But there was one challenge – there was no power.
“Tenants could not stay long in the house because it had no power,” Ms Sichande says.
But lack of power has been a part of Mukoma’s story for decades.
However, things have changed, not only for Ms Sichande but also for over 17,000 other households countrywide.
Maybe Ms Sichande’s story can be a good start.
Last year, she attended a meeting where some officers from the Rural Electrification Authority (REA) who were sensitising people about a project dubbed Electricity Services Access Project (ESAP), which is meant to increase access to electricity in some rural areas CLICK TO READ MORE




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