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The Role of Women Entrepreneurs in Clean Energy

In addition to the resources-based empowerment – i.e. the provision of external support to women entrepreneurs such as market opportunities, business financing, knowledge and skill building or education, it is equally important to foster internal aspects such as such as self-esteem, personal power, reflective thinking to increase one’s capacity to take decisions and act towards one’s goals. This kind of empowerment focuses on fostering internal support- the psychological state that is necessary to enhance women entrepreneurs’ ability to formulate strategic choices and to control resources and decisions that affect their life outcomes.
This is from my experience in gender mainstreaming in energy projects and recent projects that I am involved with in partnership with the wPOWER.

Business Broken Down

The burden of energy poverty falls heavily upon the shoulders of women.

Lack of access to energy means that women are forced to rely on harmful, inefficient, and expensive sources of cooking, heating, and lighting.

Fortunately, these same women are the keys to eliminating energy poverty, spurring economic growth, and combating climate change.

The simple truth is that our hope for a low-carbon future lies in the hands of women entrepreneurs who can push for the adoption of renewable and sustainable sources of energy in underserved communities.

Here’s the case for women entrepreneurs in clean energy.


Energy Stats

  1. 1.2 billion people have no access to electricity; 620 million of them live in Sub Saharan Africa.
  2. 38% of the world’s population (2.7 billion people) relies on traditional and inefficient forms of cooking and heating.
  3. Household air pollution results in the deaths of 600,000 Africans yearly, with half of the…

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How to make energy development happen

Rural customers need to be educated, trained and provided with the means (e.g. product sales, financing) that enable them to use our electricity to develop themselves and improve their lives. This is more than a single private business can offer thus private companies are actively developing NGO and business partnerships to provide these services.

Read more here http://www.sun-connect-news.org/business/details/the-main-challenges-for-renewables-in-developing-countries-are-missing-governmental-regulations-and-incentive-schemes/

SEED South Africa Symposium 2017

Adelphi Research gGmbH is inviting stakeholders to this year’s 2017 SEED South Africa Symposium, taking place in Pretoria, South Africa, on April 19-20.

The SEED South Africa Symposium is implemented back to back with the SA-EU Sustainability Transition Dialogue in Pretoria.

Registration for the Symposium is now open and reduced Early Bird Tickets are available until March 18 via https://www.seed.uno/seedsas17

Further information on the event as well as regular updates are available via symposium if you require further information.

2017 SAG-SEED Awards: Call for Applications NOW OPEN

SEED has launched the 2017 SWITCH Africa Green (SAG)-SEED Awards for innovative eco-inclusive start-up enterprises that aim to generate environmental, social and economic benefits at the local level.

This year, SEED is looking for applications for 15 SAG – SEED Awards for enterprises in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, South Africa and Uganda.

Candidates can apply from 10 January 2017 until 08 March 2017, 23:59 Central African Time (CAT).

For detailed information please refer to the attached call for applications (English) or to the SEED homepage. Pour plus de information en français, visitezwww.seed.uno.


Sun-Connect | African News of the week | 01 / 2017

The electrification of Africa through renewable energy sources: bridging the gap
The key to unlocking Africa’s potential lies in identifying opportunities that can utilise national and regional energy resources in a way that is beneficial to the continent. With the abundance of solar and wind resources, Africa could become a trailblazer for renewable energy.

Solar powered pond pump to enhance fish farming in Kenya

Fisheries sector in Kenya is attracting more accommodating innovations as the government seeks to tackle over-dependence on lakes and ocean waters. One of them is the solar powered pond pump.

Country News

  • AfDB support for Tanzania’s off-grid energy plans
  • Nigeria: Agency advocates more collaboration on renewable off-grid electricity
  • Malawi installing affordable solar-powered lights at schools
More information at Sun-Connect News

Women solar entrepreneurs drive East African business surge

BUNAMBIYU, Tanzania, Dec 6 (Thomson Reuters Foundation)

As the darkness falls on the plains around Bunambiyu, a remote village in Tanzania’s northern Shinyanga region, Elizabeth Julius switches on her solar lantern to finish sewing clothes for her customers. Not long ago, nightfall would have forced her to close her tailoring shop, or use a smoky kerosene lamp. But with the solar-powered lamp, Julius can now sew for as long as she wants.

"Solar energy has entirely changed my life. I use it at work and at home, yet it doesn’t cost me anything," said the 29-year-old entrepreneur and mother of two.

"I often wake up at night to work because I need the money to support my family," she said…….

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