With the Governor of Lubumbashi (DRCongo) and the European Commission as partners, SOFIA funded and realized a near impossible endeavor: to provide landlocked Kapanga with electricity. The first stage of the project consisted of a dam and the installation of a turbine, as well as the construction of a distribution grid. Essential parts of the installation could only be assembled by hand because the rugged terrain made it impossible for any fully-constructed engine to be transported there. The second section of the project is to create a long-term organizational structure.
A nonprofit entity was created to manage the operation. People were hired and trained for maintenance, the sale of the electricity, and accounting. Awareness-building helped the population appreciate the possibilities created by the project; the two hospitals and the schools in the area were among the first to be connected. Many small businesses sprang up. Communication improved when the Vodafone antenna was connected to ELKAP’s grid.