A green energy revolution powered by women
Solar Sister empowers African women by providing them with clean energy and economic opportunities. The initiative aims to spread solar power across Africa with the help of a direct sales network. By providing access to electricity in rural areas, especially for women, it helps to close the gender technology gap. Solar Sister trains women to become entrepreneurs, providing them with a “business in a bag”. This consists of an initial stock of portable solar products, plus training and marketing materials. The female entrepreneurs then sell the products in rural areas, earning a commission on each sale. Solar Sister works in partnership with grassroots women’s groups, ensuring that the provision of clean energy forms a part of development programmes. The plan in the coming years is to scale up the initiative, currently operating in Uganda, Rwanda and South Sudan, to cover five more sub-Saharan countries.
The Mother’s Union of Uganda identifies business opportunities, select potential entrepreneurs and monitoring.
D.light is one of Solar Sister’s product partners and assists with capacity-building and marketing.
Barefoot Power is a technology partner and helps with product promotion.
Nokero is a product partner and also assists with marketing and product promotion.
The Uganda Carbon Bureau acts as a knowledge resource on developments in carbon finance markets.