Solar Sister Girl Empowerment Program

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You may already know that CAI is working with Solar Sister to fund 2 campaigns.

Solar Sister is a social enterprise that provides women with training and support to create solar micro-enterprise businesses, providing much needed household income for women, and much needed light for their respective communities.

The first campaign – which will provide Solar Sister’s business in a bag to 10 female entrepreneurs – was funded by Ocean Tomo.

The second campaign was developed by Solar Sister to empower girls by providing them with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education through deliberate strategies to connect learning to real-life experiences. Incorporating technology, including solar powered products from d.light, Barefoot Energy and Nokero, Solar Sister teaches business skills and provides expanded access to clean energy technologies that enhance educational performance.

Working closely with a Solar Sister mentor, the girls learn about solar technology, environmental and health benefits of clean energy technologies, and have the opportunity to participate in enterprise activities, directly earning income for school improvement projects.

Solar Sister leverages several solar powered appropriate technologies through its Girl Empowerment Program, several of which were exhibited during the first-ever Invent for Humanity Event.

Through the Invent for Humanity campaign, Solar Sister will educate and empower 100 girls in Uganda, where a growing number of households are headed by widowed women, and the face of poverty is predominately female.

A World Bank report, Gender and Economic Growth in Uganda, concludes that while women comprise 80% of all unpaid workers, laboring on family farms or other informal work scenarios, research suggest that Ugandan women are highly entrepreneurial.

“We provide girls and women with education, training, inventory and marketing support, creating sustainable businesses and empowering women with economic opportunity,” said Katherine Lucey, Founder and CEO of Solar Sister.

Donate to fund the Solar Sister Girl Empowerment Campaign