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Kenya: New Market Analysis Affirms Kerosene Importance in Lighting Homes

Kenya_New_Market_Analysis_resizedLighting Global has published a second Market Intelligence Note focused on the Kenya Household Fuel Use.

This market analysis derives from the 2005/06 Kenya Integrated Household Budget Survey on the expenditure for lighting fuels and the adoption of solar home systems among Kenyan households.

It is aimed at practitioners, policy-makers, and academics interested in the potential for and use of clean alternative lighting technologies such as solar-powered lamps, to displace the widely used yet economically and environmentally expensive lighting fuels like kerosene and firewood.

The Note affirms that kerosene is the single most important lighting fuel used in Kenya. Nearly three quarters of all Kenyan households stated that their main lighting fuel was kerosene, followed by electricity and collected firewood.

A key finding is that median expenditure on kerosene by Kenyan households that used kerosene for lighting was 2% of total income.