Solar Sister: Building Livelihoods, Women’s Empowerment & Energy Access
Solar Sister eradicates energy poverty by empowering women with economic opportunity. The organization combines the breakthrough potential of clean energy technology with a deliberately woman-centered direct sales network to bring light, hope and opportunity to remote communities in rural Africa. IMAGO started working with Solar Sister in the fall of 2017 with the shared goal of discovering what is required to take Solar Sister’s innovative business and distribution model to scale. We had the amazing opportunity to work with both the organization’s highlighly talented country managers and staff as well as their passionate and committed board.
The business model that Solar Sister is testing offers a new and wonderful approach that could unleash the potential of women on the frontlines of poverty and help turn around the traditional view of aid dependency. Solar Sister makes the poor agents of change by providing capacity, income generating opportunities, a network of women that build on each other’s strength, and an example of how the sun is a positive and sustainable way to bring light to the poorest of the poor.