Streams of Conscience

Solar Sister is a network of women selling solar lighting to poor communities.  The women make a commission on each sale, with most of them spending the extra income on education for their children.

Using an Avon-style women’s distribution system, Solar Sister trains, recruits and supports female entrepreneurs in East Africa to sell affordable solar lighting and other green products such as solar lamps and mobile phone chargers.  The women use their community networks of family and neighbours to build their own businesses.

Solar Sister founder Katherine Lucey says this model is creating access to safe, affordable and clean energy while helping women to earn a steady income to support their families.  During her 20-year career as an energy executive, Lucey says she’d seen how access to electricity was fundamental for economic growth.  But while working on large-scale energy projects in developing countries, she realized that the pressing needs…

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