Solar Sister: Women, the driving force behind clean energy use in Africa

Solar Sister is creating a woman-powered green energy revolution in Africa, including in some of the most rural areas, by training women to sell clean energy sources and so becoming self-sufficient and economically independent.

The not-for-profit social enterprise, Solar Sister, has a network of female entrepreneurs operating throughout Africa, bringing life-changing, affordable clean energy to their communities.

The organisation recruits women in some of the most impoverished and remote areas in Africa to sell affordable solar lamps, mobile phone chargers and fuel-efficient stoves. The women are self-employed, earning a 10%-20% commission.

Solar Sister say: “Solar Sister eradicates energy poverty by empowering women with economic opportunity. We are creating a deliberately woman-centered direct sales network to bring the breakthrough potential of clean energy technology to even the most remote communities in rural Africa.

“Solar Sister believes in a world where women, girls, and their communities have access to the sustainable energy they need to create a prosperous life.”

Since 2010, Solar Sister has built a network of over 2,200 entrepreneurs and has brought clean energy access to over 675,000 people across Uganda, Nigeria and Tanzania.

In Sub Saharan Africa, where three-quarters of the population lives without access to modern energy, women often bear the greatest burden of energy poverty. Smoky kerosene lamps and open fires make the simple daily tasks of cooking, studying, traveling or running a business a challenge.

Solar Sister are aware of the importance of women in driving change. Solar Sister say: Women manage household energy, have the community networks to reach more people, and are motivated to improve life for themselves and their families, friends, and neighbours.”

Solar Sister provides the backbone of women’s enterprise – with training, logistical support, and ongoing mentoring – so that any woman can build a business and transform life for herself and her neighbours.

Solar Sister

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea

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