Keeping cool with the sun on Lake Victoria

Kenyan fishermen on Lake Victoria; Photo: G. ketels

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In the good old days on Africa's Lake Victoria, Kenyan fishermen say they regularly pulled gigantic Nile perch from its waters. But those days are long over. Numerous fish processing factories have shut down, leaving many around the continent's largest lake unemployed. Michelle and Gilbert Mbeo from Mfangano Island on the eastern part of the lake are trying to revive the industry with their startup, Lake View Fisheries. The siblings want to bring fresh tilapia to the plates of millions of people in Kenya with sustainable fish farming. But to do so, they need reliable refrigeration — something that's hard to come by on an island with scant electricity. With the help of German development agency, GIZ, the entrepreneurs are building solar-powered cooling systems that could help the whole island. Small fishermen will be able to store their catch there too.

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