Solar Sister: Empowering Women through Clean Energy Entrepreneurship
Solar Sister is a social enterprise that combines the life changing power of clean energy access and women’s enterprise. Solar Sister is building a network of women entrepreneurs who sell and deliver clean energy to their communities in rural Africa. In 2015, the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), a global research institute that seeks to empower women, advance gender equality, and fight poverty in the developing world, conducted a qualitative assessment in Tanzania to better understand whether and how being a Solar Sister clean energy entrepreneur impacts women’s and men’s lives at the individual, family, and community levels. A secondary focus of the study was to reveal initial insights about the benefits experienced by customers as a result of using Solar Sister’s clean energy products. ICRW’s data collection took place in four regions of Tanzania: Mara, Mwanza, Manyara, and Arusha. Sites for data collection were selected based on the large number of entrepreneurs in these regions and the socio-economic diversity among the four regions. This report presents a summary of ICRW’s research findings.