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Kitengela: Off-Grid Recycled Glass Village Lights Up Kenya’s Masaai Plains
Nani’s son Anselm runs an efficient shop, turning out commercially styled glass at breakneck pace. In a country that has precious few recycling facilities, his beautiful glasses, chandeliers, and vases are more than just a pretty luxury. They also provide an invaluable ecological service that celebrates the indigenous Kenyan identity.
Kitengela’s eco-credentials are further boosted by a small wind turbine, solar panels, and bio-gas, which combined provides all of the fuel necessary for cooling, heating, lighting and cooking. Waste from the various camels, pigs, ostriches, ducks, chickens and other animals is collected in a large vat. The methane gas is then extracted and piped to a cooking area, while the remaining concoction is used to fertilize a thriving vegetable garden.
Given its complete devotion to keeping nature beautiful, Kitengela is architecturally and ecologically exciting, a genuine learning experience for anyone who visits. But it is also an inspiring eco-tourism destination for those who desperately need some soul-reviving R&R.
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