Kampala - Africa

Solar Sisters, an African initiative under the spotlight

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This is a project that has deeply changed the daily life of the African women who benefitted from it. Since its creation in 2010 by Neha Misra and Katherine Lucey, Solar Sisters is an initiative that set itself up as an exemplary project in the region. To answer the needs of populations that still live in regions not served with electricity, the founders of the initiative thought of a simple but efficient solution.

Income-generating activities

The concept of Solar Sisters is based mainly on women. The NGO, which aims at improving families’ life quality, provides women with an income-generating activity. They receive lights, solar power mobile phones and cooking stoves that they would then resell to their relatives. This activity allows these women to make a small but valuable profit. If a small initial investment is necessary to the purchase of a toolkit, Solar Sisters, however, does not receive any percentage of this margin. Rather the opposite, the NGO allows women to pay their stock right after they sell it.

For a better access to energy

Under these conditions, they were many to engage in the adventure. As clients first, many women have gone for it and became “Solar Sisters” with their relatives and families. They are now more than 1,000 female entrepreneurs to live in better conditions thanks to the spread of these technologies that are rather simple but also very practical.

Less pollution thanks to clean energy

Solar Sisters, thanks to the solar lamps and stoves it sells, also helps limiting the use of fossil or polluting energies. This advantage allows contributing to the environmental protection, by limiting the collection of timber.
Solar Sisters has improved the lives of many families and women, who thanks to this initiative, are more independent and live in better conditions.

 

TEAM

Katherine Lucey

Chief Executive Officer and Founder

Neha Misra

Chief Collaboration Officer Co-founder

Eldorah Mbaxahe

Finance Director

CONTACT DETAILS

251 Kyebando - Kisalosalo Rd

Kampala,

Rwanda

Phone : 256-414-662341

https://www.solarsister.org

FACTS

Women in Africa are economic agents that are very dynamic, more than anywhere else in the world. They perform the majority of agricultural activities, hold a third of all businesses, and represent, in some countries, up to 70% of employees. Beyond their income-generating activities, they are the main drivers of domestic economy and family well-being, and play an absolutely vital role, sometimes unknown, of leaders among their respective communities and nations.

 

Source : African Gender Equality Index 2015 (étude de la banque africaine de développement)

MAROCCO IN ACTION

Today, Morocco confirms its national and international commitment to respect human rights, which include women's rights. For that, and outside the big initiated legal reforms in favor of women, Morocco adopts a series of measures and strategies that incorporate gender equality in a transversal perspective involving all stakeholders. It confirmed this by its willingness to ensure good governance and to comply with regulations, recommendations and guidelines in the international agreements to which it has adhered.

 

Source : Prospective Maroc 2030 - dynamique sociale et évolution des statuts des femmes au Maroc (Haut commissariat au plan)

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