“Solar is the most distributed energy source we have. The same sun shines down on everyone. And with advances in technology, it is available and affordable. Especially in sub-Saharan Africa, where only 5% of the rural population has access to electricity, solar is the perfect energy source as it takes advantage of their most abundant resource, the hot African sun,” says Katherine Lucey, Founder & CEO, Solar Sister.
According to Solar Sister, 1.6 billion people on the planet don’t have access to reliable electricity. That’s one quarter of the world’s population. 70% are women and girls living in developing countries. They rely on kerosene lanterns and candles for light. They spend hours each day collecting wood to burn for cooking and heat. They spend up to 30% of their family income on energy that is insufficient, hazardous and unhealthy.
Solar Sister invests in women to empower them with economic opportunity, Avon-style. Now that’s a hybrid we can get behind. Learn more about what these remarkable women are up to. Remember, we’re all in this together!