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Powering Homes and Empowering 100 Women in Liberia

by SEGUE Liberia
Powering Homes and Empowering 100 Women in Liberia
Powering Homes and Empowering 100 Women in Liberia
Powering Homes and Empowering 100 Women in Liberia
Powering Homes and Empowering 100 Women in Liberia
Powering Homes and Empowering 100 Women in Liberia
Powering Homes and Empowering 100 Women in Liberia

Summary

Energy for lighting homes is a basic, yet unfulfilled, need for 80% of Liberia, especially the poor. This poverty-alleviating, small-scale renewable energy project builds capacity for rural women's economic growth, peace, and security. The project provides 1) a viable, low cost lighting solution to rural, off-grid homes of poor families and 2) trains 100 geographically dispersed Liberian women to operate as small business entrepreneurs, technicians, and retailers of the solar panels and parts.

$5,730
total raised
48
donors
0
monthly donors
5
years

Challenge

80% (3.6 million) of Liberia's population does not have basic levels of electricity access (e.g., lighting, education, communication, & safety), leaving them in the dark or relying on costly biomass products (e.g., charcoal, firewood, kerosene). Inadequate power generation imperils an environment of peace, security, and economic development. Many women in Liberia struggle to embark on viable career or business paths due to culturally driven gender barriers that decrease entrepreneurial options.

Solution

By providing training, startup retail materials, and a small market base, it avails an economically viable, sustainable, and scalable means to impact and bring power to a rural community. It uses the sun, an abundant, renewable, free energy source for basic lighting and to power a single radio. It empowers trained, local, women entrepreneurs to sell, install, and service the solar panels. It's a self-sustaining, "green", entrepreneurial opportunity for select Liberian women in a rural community.

Long-Term Impact

Rural communities will capitalize on a low cost, solar solution that's as accessible as cell phones, establishing a vibrant, expanding market in renewable energy solutions. Women have a viable business option. Access to power increases national peace and security. Educational outcomes improve by increasing access to education with evening classes/study. 100 rural women with power in their homes will be empowered to do the same for 14,000 (= 2,000 families of 7) while sustaining economic growth.

Additional Documentation

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

Resources

http:/​/​segueliberia.webs.com/​
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Organization Information

SEGUE Liberia

Location: Monrovia, Montserrado - Liberia
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SEGUE Liberia
Yvette Judge
Project Leader:
Yvette Judge
Monrovia, Montserrado Liberia

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