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Battendeng Kajara receives boost from ComAfrique

Feb 4, 2011, 12:27 PM | Article By: Isatou Senghore

ComAfrique Limited, in partnership with KGN, a cashew processing factory in India, recently inaugurated the ComAfrique-Intelizon Initiative in Battendeng Kajara village in Foni Bondali district.

According to officials, the move is aimed at reducing the use of candles, replacing them with more environment-friendly solar zon lights. The lights, they say, were first tested in India and were effective.

Accordingly, Nfamara Dampha, the project implementation team leader of ComAfrique, accompanied by representatives of the government and village development officer Sainey Mendy, handed over 58 solar zon lights and zon homes to the villagers.

For sustainability purposes, the villagers also agreed to pay one dalasis per day to the zon light committee towards the replacement of the lithium batteries.

He added that the additional revenue collected could be used to increase the number of subscribers in the village.

The villagers thanked the government for choosing their community for the project.

The alkalo of the village, Kebba Nyassi, thanked President Yahya Jammeh for "the love he has" for them.

According to the village elders, Musukebba Nyassi and Harouna Nyassi, the project is timely and relevant to their livelihood, and would improve the quality of their lives.