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Awango: Improving access to renewable energy for low income communities in Uganda

The Total Access to Solar project was launched in Uganda in 2013 as a social business by Total group under the brand ‘AWANGO by Total’. It aims to address the lighting needs of off-grid populations in rural areas by making safe, affordable, durable, and environmentally sustainable lighting available to the masses.

Improving access to renewable energy for economic development

In Uganda, 88% of the population is not connected to the public electricity grid and yet lack of access to energy is a major obstacle to development. To enable off-grid, low-income communities to meet some of their most basic everyday needs, Total in Uganda introduced Awango by Total to offer affordable, reliable solar lighting and phone charging solutions. “I was using a pressure lamp, which was costly in terms of paraffin and maintenance and when Awango solar lamps were introduced to us, I decided to try using it to catch fish instead of the pressure lamp. Awango solar lamps proved to be more cost effective in that you don’t need paraffin but just sunshine to charge the solar lamps”, explained Sam, a commercial fisherman in Dei fishing village in Panyimur sub county, Nebbi district. To date, nearly 80,000 lamps have been distributed in Uganda.

Effective distribution network

Through a tight-knit distribution network of retail stations, resellers, savings and credit co-operatives (SACCOs), non-government organisations, community-based organisations (CBOs), microfinance institutions, village saving loan associations (VSLAs) and women’s groups, Awango by Total has been able to reach its customers that include rural farmers, fishermen, students, SACCO members and other members of off-grid low-income Ugandan communities. Through this distribution network, economic activity in the country has been upheld and income levels boosted with savings made from the use of Awango instead of other more expensive forms of energy.

Accumulated benefits for communities using Awango by Total

Through Awango by Total, Communities have benefited from safe, affordable, durable, accessible and environmentally sustainable energy. Awango has brightened local community life for longer and helped them to avoid hazardous energy sources such as candles. It has also contributed to environmental protection through the reduction in the use of kerosene lamps locally referred to as ‘tadooba’.

Our local Projects

The 1st group of international scholarship beneficiaries (L-R) Joshua (beneficiary), Etienne (Lecturer), Paul(Beneficiary),Daniel (Senior Geo-Scientist), Joe and Perez (Beneficiaries)

Total scholarships to counter the challenge of finding enough skilled talent in a new oil sector

Uganda is the first country onshore in Africa to use the 3D cable-less seismic technology in oil exploration

Total pioneering technologies in exploring oil in Murchison Falls National Park

(L) Henry and (R) Jesse, the first beneficiaries of the AMO Graduate exchange programme from TOTAL Uganda.

Total Uganda offering young graduates an opportunity to gain International experience

The revamped oil and gas section

Total partners to revamp the oil and gas section of the Uganda Museum to improve information access

Professor Jean Marie Flament poses with his class at Makerere University in Kampala

An education programme to develop local capacity and talent in the oil sector