Solar Energy Firm Empowers Rural Women In Northern Nigeria

By Sunday isuwa
Solar Sister Nigeria, an award winning innovative social enterprise recently expanded its operations to Borno state by launching a campaign targeted at empowering women in the rural communities to distribute a variety of quality verified clean energy products.

The “Choose a Bright Future” campaign aims to increase women’s economic opportunity by recruiting, training and empowering women as Solar Sister entrepreneurs in Borno state and throughout Northern Nigeria.

Founded in 2010, Solar Sister empowers women with economic opportunity and business tools to spread clean energy in last-mile communities in Africa.

Solar Sister supports women and girls by providing access to clean, dependable renewable energy, enabling them to lift themselves, their families and their communities out of poverty. Since launching in Nigeria in 2013, Solar Sister has trained over 1,000 women entrepreneurs in 23 states, who have sold thousands of clean cooking stoves and solar lamps.

According to country manager, Olasimbo Sojinrin, “Solar Sister Entrepreneurs are often the only local sources for clean energy products in their communities and serve thousands of new customers per year Our mission is to combat energy poverty and increase women’s agency through economic opportunity. Because women are the ones who manage energy in the household, it makes sense that we are not just the problem, we are an essential part of the solution.”

Solar Sister supports women in multiple ways, by providing women the skills and tools to kick start their own business as a Solar Sister Entrepreneur, as well as employing women as Business Development Associates. By combining solar technology with a deliberately woman-centered direct sales network, Solar Sister brings light, hope and opportunity to underserved communities across Nigeria and beyond.

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