Jul 26, 2017

Myanmar Project Report #1

Thank You!

Thank you for donating to Empower Generation’s project: Empower 100 Women to Sell Solar Lights in Myanmar! More than two-thirds of rural people there do not have access to affordable, dependable electricity. Your donation is addressing this problem by training women to sell clean energy products to their rural communities.

Project Accomplishments

Since launching in March, Empower Generation’s Myanmar pilot program in the Thanlyin area, south of Yangon, has seen continued success in providing solar products and garnering interest in our mission. To date, we have trained ten women, who have sold 56 products. We were able to buy our newest inventory of products for the women to sell, using the profits from previous sales, reflecting the community’s interest in purchasing solar lights and home systems. We are working towards establishing partnerships with organizations in Myanmar who are involved in addressing alternative energy or gender equality problems. We have found that our approach combining these two issues is relatively unique there, and many have expressed interest in collaboration. Potential partners include local nongovernment organizations, international nongovernment organizations, and micro-finance institutions. 

 Next Steps

As we begin to plan our follow-up trip for Fall 2017, we are assessing which region to choose for the second phase of the pilot program. The decision will be based on location, current energy access, and the number of active civil society organizations and women's groups who may be interested in participating in our program. During the next trip, we will train a new group of sales agents and local business managers to facilitate sales and inventory. We will also be interviewing local candidates to fill a Myanmar-based program manager position to oversee operations on the ground and begin growing a locally based team.

Call to Action

While we have accomplished a lot, we need your continued support! Please share our project with your network and encourage them to donate. Without donations, we will not be able to reach our goal of training 100 women to sell solar lights. Thank you!

May 30, 2017

Empower Generation Project Update #1

Thank You!

Thank you for making Empower Generation’s project: Light for 200 of Nepal’s Poorest, a fundraising success! Your donation will help rural families in Nepal gain access to clean, reliable solar light. As a partner in our work, we will be sending you periodic project updates, sharing the stories of those in Nepal who have benefited from your support.

 Acknowledgements

This project would not have been possible without the support of our wholesale distributor and the first business to join our network in Nepal: Kalpavriksha Greater Goods (KGG). EG and KGG acknowledge with appreciation the work of Goats for Water (GfW), who inspired, conceptualized and piloted this project in partnership with KGG. GfW is a social enterprise that aims to provide community-led solutions to rural communities’ water and energy needs enhancing livelihood and quality of life through regular access to energy and water. They currently operate in Pakistan, with plans to expand throughout South Asia. We encourage you to check out their website and support their great work: www.goatsforwater.com

Project Next Steps

We received the funds from GlobalGiving and will announce the project to our distribution network of 23 women CEOs distributing clean energy products in Nepal.

Project Implementation

Three top performing CEOs in our network will be selected to receive the funds to start the project in their rural communities. Each CEO will work with five to ten families in their locality. Community members in each area will decide together which families, living on $2 or day or less, are most in need of the solar home systems. The same method will be used to decide which girls in need from the community will receive goats to raise and profit from.

Fund Distribution

Funds will go to purchase 35 solar home systems for 35 families (each with 5 to 6 members), providing clean, bright light and charging power to 200 people ($3,500). Funds will also go towards covering the costs of distributing goats to girls, project monitoring and evaluation, and local staff support ($1,022). The remaining funds will go to GlobalGiving, as part of their transaction fees.

We look forward to sharing more with you once our project gets underway! Thank you again for helping us empower women to power the world!

 
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