Describe your implementation:
Solar Sister has pioneered the world’s first women-centered scalable solution to energy poverty. We target underserved communities not being reached by majority of current energy access programs. We build local women’s leadership, market access and capacity which is vital for sustainability of energy access and climate resilience efforts. Our work is crucial to the economic, social, and moral imperative to eradicate energy poverty by:
a) engaging, inspiring and empowering women to become leaders advancing renewable energy, climate change, and energy security solutions; and,
b) providing world class “First Light, Last Mile,” which means we work to deliver solutions to the hardest to reach communities.
In January 2016, we launched our flagship Women+ Energy: WE Shine campaign to raise awareness of women’s role in the energy value chain by highlighting Solar Sister entrepreneurs and their impact. The campaign has successfully achieved the goal of reaching 5 million people in Tanzania through powerful and inspiring stories of women renewable energy entrepreneurs making a positive change in their communities. We are now scaling the campaign in Nigeria as well.
Some of the key factors that have contributed to our success so far are:
1.We are a role model, women led initiative
2.We deliver energy justice for the most last-mile communities.
3.We excel at women’s renewable energy leadership
4.We are locally led and run
5.We show that behavior change needs trust.
6.Leading global research institutions have validated our impact
7.We create intergenerational impact with Solar Sister role models
8.Initiatives across the world have replicated our innovation
9.Our every dollar invested generates six dollars in social return
10.Our model is environmentally conscious beyond products we sell.
We are addressing obstacles related to systemic barriers to women entrepreneur’s access to clean energy technologies, finance and skills.
Solar Sister is a global leader in gender inclusive, market-driven renewable energy transformation. Our partner ecosystem plays a key role in growing our impact, and includes –
Technology partners – d.light, Greenlight planet, Omnivoltaic, Philips Lighting, Envirofit, Toyola
Institutional partners – World Bank and International Financial Corporation’s Lighting Global Program, Solar Nigeria program, UN Foundation’s Energy Access Practitioner Network, Climate Action Network –Tanzania, Tanzania Renewable Energy Agency, ENERGIA International Network on Gender and Sustainable Energy
Grassroots Partners – Local village savings associations, African Wildlife Foundation, Women for Women International, BRAC, Mercy Corps, Caritas
Advocacy Partners - Khanga Rue Media, Power for All initiative, Show the Good, Ripple Effect Images, UN Climate Change newsroom, Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network
Our work has an impact on each of the three pillars of the Global Goals for Sustainable Development to end poverty, combat climate change and fight injustice and inequality. In addition to the partners listed above, we collaborate with policymakers, implementers and donors at the intersection of multiple Sustainable Development Goals. In the past five years, we have been a global influencer through a ripple effect of Solar Sister inspired initiatives across Latin America, Asia and Africa that have benefitted from our mentoring, best practices, advocacy and role models.