Solar Sister

Solar Sister is an innovative social enterprise that empowers women and girls through access to technology and economic opportunity. With an Avon-style distribution program for solar lamps, Solar Sister solves the problem of the ‘last mile’ and brings the technology right to the women’s doorstep. Solar Sister creates critical, lasting change in the lives of the rural women and girls living with the devastating effects of energy poverty in Africa.

Solar Sister
P.O. Box 1002
Bristol, NY 02809
United States
224-406-4483
http://www.solarsister.org

Board of Directors

Katherine Harmer Lucey,John H Forsgren,Michael Kendall

Mission

Solar Sister is an innovative social enterprise that empowers women and girls through access to technology and economic opportunity. With an Avon-style distribution program for solar lamps, Solar Sister solves the problem of the ‘last mile’ and brings the technology right to the women’s doorstep. Solar Sister creates critical, lasting change in the lives of the rural women and girls living with the devastating effects of energy poverty in Africa.

Programs

1 - Enterprise: Using an Avon-style business model, Solar Sister creates sustainable businesses powered by smart investment in women entrepreneurs. Their innovative micro-consignment model reduces start-up financial risk for women at the bottom of economic ladder. The enterprise, already at work in Uganda, Rwanda and South Sudan, supports local women to become solar entrepreneurs - providing training and financing start-up inventory costs. 2 - Education - Solar Sister reaches out to girls and women to educate them about the benefits of clean energy and introduces them to the best practices of entrepreneurship. Solar Sister develops and implements programs to provide training, support and education to ensure that the next generation of women have a strong foundation of technical skills and can become active participants and contributors to the futures of their communities in an increasingly technology driven world. 3 - Advocay - Solar Sister builds awareness about the positive impact of including women and girls in technology advances. Solar Sister does this by being an advocate for science, technology, engineering and math education for girls and women as well as being an advocate for the power of women entrepreneurs. Solar Sister has created a positive image of a successful woman solar entrepreneur that influences policy makers on a global scale as well as provides a role model for women and girls living with the effects of energy poverty. Solar Sister's positive message and active role in media outreach has built a strong brand and a strong advocacy program. Using innovation, strong partnerships and a grassroots approach, Solar Sister is not only tackling the global challenge of energy poverty, they are working to improve global health, combat climate change, empower women and spur local enterprise across the African continent. Their systems approach is unique and has the potential to light up the world.

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