Women + Energy = Development

by Elephant Energy


In rural Namibia, women work in the fields, cook, clean, educate their children, kill snakes, travel to the market, care for sick family members... In essence, most everything that gets done is done by women. All of these activities can be made easier and more efficient with assistance from clean energy technologies sold by women entrepreneurs to their neighbors.
total raised
monthly donors
years active


Energy is a basic necessity for survival and an essential component of economic and social development. However, over 70% of rural Namibians still live without electricity, and as a result are dependent upon costly and dangerous candles for lighting and open fires for cooking. In addition to being expensive, candles provide woman inefficient light with which to carry out household duties or help children study. Women also spend hours each week collecting wood for cooking.


Through the Women's Energy Project (WE Project), women are empowered as village sales representatives, allowing them to distribute safe, clean and money-saving energy technologies-such as solar-powered lanterns, cell phone chargers, and fuel-efficient cookstoves-directly to their neighbors. This women-centered, village-based sales model enables greater energy access in remote communities and generates income for rural saleswomen, empowering them to improve life in their communities.

Long-Term Impact

The WE Project provides women with the tools necessary to create economic opportunities, allowing them to help their families rise out of poverty. By distributing lights through a sustainable business rather than handing them out, the WE Project ensures that women and their communities will benefit from the project for years to come. Current WE Project participants tell us that many of their daily tasks have been made easier, safer and more efficient thanks to affordable energy technologies.

Additional Documentation

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


Report on WE Project Activities
Women's Energy Project Testimonials
Greenlight Planet - Sun King Pro
Barefoot Power- Firefly 12 Mobile

Organization Information

Elephant Energy

Location: Denver, CO - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.elephantenergy.org
Elephant Energy
Project Leader:
Elephant Energy
Denver, CO United States

Funded Project!

Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

Still want to help?

Find another project in Namibia or in Women and Girls that needs your help.
Find a Project

Learn more about GlobalGiving

Teenage Science Students
Vetting +
Due Diligence


Woman Holding a Gift Card
Gift Cards

Young Girl with a Bicycle

Sign up for the GlobalGiving Newsletter

WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.