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Solar Sister Initiative

2010 - ongoing

Implementing agencies
Solar Sister

African partners
Private sector

Names of African partners involved

Donor involvement (incl. IOs)
Multi-donor, Multilaterals involved, Bilaterals involved

Names of donors involved (incl. IOs
USAID, Power Africa, Worldways, Fagerhult, Social Initiative, UN Women, Power for All, WISE, CITE, Bohemian, Foundation, GACC, MillerCenter, Clinton Global Initiative, ICRW, ExxonMobil, Ashoka, Draper Richards Kaplan, The Chapel Group, Clif Bar Family Foundation, Energia International Network, Schwab Foundation, SE4ALL, Impact Hub DC

Geographical scope

Countries where active

Renewables, Electricity

Sub Sectors (Electricity)
Stand-alone off-grid

Type of intervention
Operative program / delivery mechanism (downstream)

Type of technical assistance
Project preparation / implementation, Skill development / training

Gender focus

Climate focus

Type of financing

Main objectives
The mission of Solar Sister is to eradicate energy poverty by empowering women with economic opportunity. Solar Sisters taps into the power of women’s social networks to bring energy access to the most hard-to-reach communities. Solar Sister helps local women launch clean-energy businesses and earn an income.

Main activities
Solar Sister serves as the backbone of women’s enterprise, decreasing the risks and costs women face in starting independent businesses in the clean energy sector. Management staff train and recruit Business Development Associates (BDAs), who are locally hired eld staff and Solar Sister’s direct link to entrepreneurs. In turn, each BDA recruits, trains, and supports a group of 1-25 self-employed women en- trepreneurs (Solar Sister entrepreneurs or SSEs).



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