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