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Project #26638

Goats for Solar: Light for >200 of Nepal's poorest

by Empower Generation


In Nepal, many families live on less than $2 a day and have no access to electricity. They have little cash but most have goats. Our female CEOs sell solar lights but only take cash. This gave us an idea to trade solar home lighting systems for baby goats. Your donation will give solar home systems to energy-poor families, living in rural Nepal, and seed our Goats for Solar revolving fund.
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Rural people in Nepal have little access to reliable electricity and must use alternative fuel sources such as expensive, toxic kerosene or firewood. Reliance on these methods keeps them in energy poverty. Rural families live on <$2 a day, making buying a solar system unaffordable. However, most rural families, no matter their economic standing, raise goats. Empower Generation has a network of female solar CEOs who sell solar products but only accept cash payment.


The Goats for Solar Fund will help families, living on $2 a day or less, have access to reliable solar power. Our CEOs will give solar home systems to poor families in their communities, located throughout Nepal. Each family will give us 2 baby goats in return for a solar home system. We will donate one goat to a girl from a family in need to raise and profit from. We will raise the other goat and sell it when it matures, putting the money back into the Goats for Solar Fund.

Long-Term Impact

The Goats for Solar Fund will give rural families, living in poverty, a way to pay for a reliable solar lighting and charging system. Families can increase their working hours and income, provide longer study times for their children, and decrease the number of kitchen accidents due to better lighting. CEOs can support girls in need in their community by donating a goat that the girls can raise, breed and sell its milk and meat, to contribute to their family's income.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


2015 Empower Generation Annual Report
The Gender-Energy-Poverty Nexus
IIASA's GEA: Energy, Poverty, and Development

Organization Information

Empower Generation

Location: Portland, OR - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Aysha Rajput
Portland, OR United States
March 2017 Accelerator
Donations: $4,613 raised ($5,000 needed)
Donors: 66 (40 needed)
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