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 goats to a girl in need.

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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 project 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 these to a girl from a family in need to raise and profit from.

Long-Term Impact

Providing a poor family a solar home system in exchange for livestock is a way to pay for a reliable solar lighting and charging system that they could not before. 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.

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
The organization who inspired this project

Organization Information

Empower Generation

Location: Portland, OR - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Aysha Rajput
Portland, OR United States

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