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Help 16 women launch clean energy enterprises



What do women in Namibia and the Navajo Nation have in common? They are part of the 1.4 billion people worldwide (70% of whom are women) who live off the electric grid. Without electricity, businesses must close when the sun goes down, children do not have the light they need to study after dark, and people are cut off from global news and the marketplace. Elephant Energy brings energy to off-grid areas and generates income in rural communities by engaging women as Energy Entrepreneurs.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Energy is a basic necessity for survival and an essential component of economic and social development. However, over 70% of rural Namibians still live without electricity, and as a result, they are dependent upon costly and dangerous candles for lighting and open fires for cooking. Although it is located within the United States, about 38% of people on the Navajo Nation live without access to the power grid, forcing many people to rely on wood and kerosene for energy.

How will this project solve this problem?

Elephant Energy uses a women-focused, village-based sales model in Namibia and on the Navajo Nation. We recruit, train and equip women to be Energy Entrepreneurs, empowering them to deliver safe, clean and money-saving energy technologies, such as solar-powered lanterns, cell phone chargers, directly to the doorsteps of their neighbors.This village-based sales model enables greater energy access in remote communities and generates income for rural women and improve their own standard of living.

Potential Long Term Impact

Elephant Energy provides its Navajo and Namibian women Energy Entrepreneurs with the tools necessary to create economic opportunities, allowing them to help their families rise out of poverty. By distributing solar products through a sustainable business rather than handing them out, Elephant Energy ensures that women and their communities will benefit from both the use and distribution of clean energy alternatives for years to come.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $1,410
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $2,590
Total Funding Goal: $4,000


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Julia Alvarez

Denver, CO United States

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