Millennium Engineers

Solar Sardine Fishing on Lake Victoria

This project will improve the productivity of the low-income sardine fishing industry at Lake Victoria. Millennium Engineers will replace kerosene lamps for night fishing with solar-powered LED lamps and establish sardine drying facilities that use a combination of solar and wind power to significantly shorten the drying cycle. The project aims to distribute 400 solar lamps and establish efficient drying facilities on two island sites and on the mainland in Mwanza. In collaboration with partners, Millennium Engineers will conduct capacity building and skill training to integrate more women into the fishing value chain. EEP Africa financing will enable this start-up to develop its business model and attract commercial financing.


Outcome and Impact

The switch away from kerosene lamps will improve health and food security by reducing respiratory problems and fish contamination. At full scale the project is expected to reduce CO2e emissions by 1,972 tonnes. Lower costs for fuel will increase margins and income for 1,000 fishers, stimulating economic development in their communities. The project will also create more income opportunities for local women.


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Total Project Budget

EUR 500 000

EEP Africa Financing

EUR 350 000


Productive use of energy

Energy Source



Pilot Project

Project Start

2021 -