The hallmark of a great engineer is the love of taking things apart and putting them back together again, learning how things work by tinkering and experimenting, problem solving and creating. It is this “We Can Do It” attitude that the Solar Sister Entrepreneurs bring to their advanced technical training classes to become expert solar engineers. One of the stars of the most recent training program is Eva, Director of the Maranatha School and mentor of the Girls Empowerment program in Mityana.
With the advanced training Eva can now provide full sales and after-market service for the solar business. Her ability to replace batteries and fix the common problems caused by using technology in rough environments gives her customers confidence in their investment in solar. As she can attest, good sales depend on good service. As a leader for the program in Mityana, Eva can share her new skills with the team and help the girls become more knowledgeable and gain technical skills.
During this training session, which was held in Solar Sister’s headquarters at the Hub Kampala on a beautiful day in May, women traveled from across Uganda to take part and increase their technical skills. The women were selected based on their potential as Solar Sister Entrepreneurs and as a reward for growing their local businesses. Through their business success, the women have become leaders in their communities and serve as role models to demonstrate that women can be tech savvy entrepreneurs.
We believe it is so important to offer skill training as well as opportunities to use those skills. These young women are fearless learners. They ignore the common attitude that women are not technically adept or suited to business and forge ahead to become experts in the technology and build thriving businesses. I truly believe that their grass-roots knowledge of local needs combined with the training and support that they receive from Solar Sister, they are the best ‘last mile’ distribution sales team in the world for clean energy technology.
They are evangelists for clean energy solutions as a way to help people in their communities break out of the cycle of energy poverty. Replacing the toxic kerosene with clean, safe, affordable solar light has tremendous impact on education, health and productivity. With light and electricity, families have the fundamental tools to powerfully transform their lives. Solar Sister Entrepreneurs are bringing light, hope and opportunity to their communities with access to clean energy.