Solar Sister creates sustainable businesses, powered by smart investments in women entrepreneurs, in order to cut poverty and spread electrical power in these countries where up to 95 per cent of the population lacks reliable access to electricity.
African women receive kits containing solar-powered equipment and are trained on how to use them; they then gain access to a team which teaches them how to sell the items and grow their customer base. They sell products such as lamps, mobile phone chargers and radios, keeping a ten per cent commission.
“Energy poverty is at the core of all poverty,” says Katherine Lucey, CEO of Solar Sister. “But with reliable access to electricity, people can live their lives more fully. Students can study at night, and women can cook. It completely changes their ability to lift themselves out of poverty.”