Use of solar energy for home electrification in Matyaf Village, Socotra
Use of solar energy for home electrification in Matyaf Village, Socotra
Matyaf village is located at the end of Nugid coastal plain south of Socotra. It can be reach from Ra’s Ersil by sea and from Momi by foot and from Nujid by car. The latter become possible only recently with the road development plan for Socotra and previously it was only accessible by foot from Nujid and Momi. Community main occupation is fishing and herding livestock. The village has potential water resources from spring due to its location below Momi plateau and the intertidal inlet from the sea. These made the village highly misty and corrosion is faster than anywhere else on Socotra. Community face problems when use metal material that can be eroded within one or two years.
Community manages to have some electricity supply by using fuel-run generators. Generators does mot last longer due corrosive force hence wanted to adopt solar energy for two main reasons which are: a) avoid the use of generators for electricity supply due to its use of fuel and it destroyed by rust and b) to save the cost of fuel and maintenance of generators.
The community consists of 51 household and 500 inhabitants.
The project will assist local community to acquire solar systems for home electrification. The project will save the environment 30.6 tons of CO2 per year. Community are aware of the importance of project sustainability hence a revolving fund mechanism will be initiated. Environmental awareness will be raised among community towards environmental sustainability, CO2 reduction and climate change.
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Project Snapshot

Ra's Ersil Fishing Society
Area Of Work:
Climate Change Mitigation
Grant Amount:
US$ 41,690.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 14,791.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 2,521.00
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Notable Community Participation
Community who are purely fishermen participated in the project. Their participation towards project financing amounted to 29% (4% In-kind and 25% cash).
Significant Participation of Indigenous Peoples
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Tonnes of CO2 decreased or avoided by energy efficient and renewable energy technologies or applying environmentally sustainable transport practices introduced by SGP Project 31

Grantee Contact

Mr. Ahmed Isa Qasim
Phone: +967-777777005


Ra's Ersil,
Hadibu District , Socotra ,

SGP Country office contact

Mr. Omar Ali Saeed Al Saghier
+ 967 448605 Extn. 440
+ 967 448841
Mr. Bashar Sallam
00967 (1) 448605/6 Extn. 441


C/o UNDP, 60 meter Road, P. O. Box 551
Sana'a, Sana'a