In her role as a UN Goodwill Ambassador for the Environment, Gisele Bündchen went to the grassroots level in Kenya in 2012 to experience the reality of energy poverty and to see how Kenyans are transforming their lives by accessing sustainable energy.
A short documentary was filmed during her trip, and it is now being broadcast by Brazil's Globo GNT channel, starting this Saturday (22 March) at 10:30pm. Brazilians can find the schedule on GNT's website.
Gisele visited Kibera, East Africa's largest slum, where less than 20% of its residents have access to electricity, and witnessed the innovative ways in which communities can gain access to a reliable source of energy by using waste as a resource. She also went to Kisumu, in western Kenya, to see up close the reality of energy poverty and learn about fuel-efficient cook stoves. She joined the local women in collecting firewood for cooking.
During her trip, the UNEP Goodwill Ambassador also observed how locally produced, cost and fuel-effective technologies, such as stoves and smoke hoods, are making a real difference to rural Kenyan communities.
The mini-documentary, produced by UNEP and Practical Action, can also be watched on UNEP's YouTube (in English)