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Winrock International

Legacy Project

Kenya Smallholder Solar Irrigation Project (KSSI)

Project Timeline: April 30, 2011 - February 28, 2017

Country: Kenya

Program Areas: Clean Energy and Environment, Access to Finance, Agriculture, Clean Energy, Water and Climate Change

Contact: Jennifer Holthaus,

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In rural Kenya, solar water pumps (SWPs) can help smallholder farmers save on fuel costs, increase acreage, and grow more than one crop a year. However, many farmers don’t know about these benefits or lack credit options to purchase their own SWPs. The USAID-funded Kenya Smallholder Solar Irrigation project (KSSI) works to accelerate commercial sales of SWPs to small farmers through demonstrations, product assessments and technical assistance to SWP retailers and financial institutions.


smallholder farmers demonstrated to


Solar pump sales facilitated


solar pump loan pilots initiated


private sector partnerships