Help 250 Ethiopian women to be solar entrepreneurs

by Stem synergy inc
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Help 250 Ethiopian women to be solar entrepreneurs
Help 250 Ethiopian women to be solar entrepreneurs
Help 250 Ethiopian women to be solar entrepreneurs
Help 250 Ethiopian women to be solar entrepreneurs
Help 250 Ethiopian women to be solar entrepreneurs


Ethiopia is a sun-rich, fuel scarce. However, poor rural women in Ethiopia spend a lot of their time collecting and selling firewood to make a living. Fetching firewood is a risky and time-consuming job for women. This project will provide solar electrified bakeries for 250 rural women in Ethiopia thereby create self-reliant and self-sufficient income, employment. Besides reducing women's' health risks and deforestation, the project helps to eliminate energy poverty for rural poor women.

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Millions of poor rural women in Ethiopia make their living through the collection, distribution, and trade of firewood for fuels. The extensive demand for fuelwood is causing widespread degradation in the existing natural forest. Collecting firewood exposes women to sexual assaults and rape. As an alternative, solar can offer women a pathway out of energy poverty and potential to a thriving business. But For women to own solar businesses, access to finance is an ongoing restraint.


STEM Synergy will provide the inputs, equipment, and training needed for women to start the solar bakery business. The women will also be trained in business management and sales skills. The purpose of this Solar Bakery project is to help underprivileged rural communities in Ethiopia, to install solar bakeries. The project seeks to address various problems, such as gender inequality, unemployment, extreme poverty, and degradation of natural resources.

Long-Term Impact

The project will train and provide 250 women allowing them to create their own small businesses in solar bakery thereby generate income and employment. Creation of a self-sustaining micro-enterprise to turn out freshly baked bread while creating jobs and eliminating the cost of fuel. This program helps to alleviate poverty and enhance the quality of life by empowering women to raise their standard of living through self-sustaining micro-enterprise. Donations are 100% tax-deductible.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a DOCX file (projdoc.docx).



Organization Information

Stem synergy inc

Location: Cambridge, MA - USA
Facebook: Facebook Page
Project Leader:
Tsegaye Legesse
Silver Spring, MD - Maryland Ethiopia
$5,335 raised of $50,000 goal
52 donations
$44,665 to go
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