Posts tagged: Ayiba

Becoming Clemantine Wamariya

Clemantine Wamariya was six years old when the Rwandan genocide began in 1994. She and her sister Claire became separated from their family and lived on the run in refugee camps in seven different countries before immigrating to the United States in 2000. After starting her formal education at the age of thirteen, Clemantine went on to graduate from Yale University in 2014 with a degree in comparative literature. Since her early teen years, she has traveled throughout the country sharing her message of personal resilience and advocating for action to advance human rights. She has spoken at the United States Holocaust Museum, the United Nations annual commemoration of the Rwandan genocide, the US Department of Homeland Security Human Rights Law Conference, and at numerous schools and universities. She has been a special guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show and at Chicago Ideas Week. In 2011, President Obama appointed her ... read more

Africa’s Solar Powered Future

Africa’s economic growth and quality of life are hindered by a lack of power. The International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates that over 585 million people across the continent lack access to power. That’s where Solar Sister comes in. Since 2009, Solar Sister has empowered a network of women clean energy entrepreneurs. With light comes hope and opportunity. Using an Avon-style distribution model, Solar Sister recruits and supports women to sell affordable solar lighting in an effort to create clean energy access and help these women gain a steady income. We spoke to Solar Sister’s Director of Engagement, Caroline Mailloux, about Solar Sister’s sustainable approach to women’s empowerment and clean energy. This interview was originally published by Ayiba.   How did your founder, Katherine Lucey, make the leap from investment banking to working on solving the issue of energy poverty? Katherine has always had a passion for energy and women’s empowerment. She spent more ... read more