Last Mile Learning: The Power of Social Networks

And we don’t mean Twitter or Facebook… Growing from 10 to 3,000 entrepreneurs, Solar Sister has learned many lessons about what works and what doesn’t when it comes to recruitment of women in clean energy value chains. Identifying women who will thrive in our unique business opportunity is critical to scaling Solar Sister’s last mile…

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Last Mile Learning: Why Small Solutions are Making a Big Impact

While many in the energy sector are of the mindset that bigger is always better, Solar Sister knows from both experience and data that for people living in last mile communities, small clean energy solutions can have transformational impacts. Solar Sister’s approach focuses on “first light, last mile.” This means that we prioritize reaching customers…

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Lighting up our lives: Solar Sister on silver screen!

As Solar Sister Tanzania expands, we are recruiting more and more women as clean energy entrepreneurs. This year, Solar Sister worked with the creative geniuses at KhangaRue Media (KRM), a Dar-based production company, to get the story out about how becoming a Solar Sister entrepreneur can improve families and communities. With a team of actors,…

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Job Opportunity – Business Development Associates, Nigeria

Locations 1. Kaduna State 2. Adamawa State 3. Kebbi State 4. Enugu State 5. Anambra State 6. Kano State 7. Lagos State 8. Kogi State Position The Business Development Associate is responsible for recruiting, training and supporting a network of women entrepreneurs (“Solar Sister Entrepreneurs”) in a defined region. The Business Development Associate is responsible…

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Last Mile Learning: Breaking down barriers

Solar Sister and Women for Women International partner to help marginalized women overcome financial barriers in the Nigerian energy market.  In Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country and its biggest economy, just under half the population lacks access to electricity and a huge majority (75%) depends on harmful solid fuels for cooking (World Bank). To tackle…

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Job Opportunity – Finance Manager

Position: Finance Manager Reporting to: Chief Executive Officer Location: Washington DC Solar Sister is seeking a Finance Manager to provide finance help build our systems and structures for financial management of a $1 million + budget, as our organization expands in size and geographic scope within the United Sates and sub-Saharan Africa. We are looking…

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Women are the solution to energy poverty

International Women’s Day started over a hundred years ago, rooted in the suffragette movement pushing for women’s right to vote. Today, we are pushing for progress on many more fronts – from gender equality in the workforce to fighting sexual abuse everywhere. At Solar Sister, we are pushing for progress on energy poverty, because the…

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Last Mile Learning: How local assistance and trust motivate last-mile customers

MIT CITE research finds that Solar Sister’s model built on social networks and women entrepreneurs is reaching last-mile consumers. Research also shows that last-mile consumers place considerable importance on local after-sales services and purchasing from people they know and trust when it comes to solar energy. Everyone should have access to power – no matter…

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PRESS RELEASE: How to reach the last mile

New research by MIT CITE shows that last-mile consumers especially value local after-sales services and vendors they know and trust when considering solar energy. (Washington DC, US, 22 February 2018) – With the support of the US State Department’s wPOWER program, MIT’s Comprehensive Initiative on Technology Evaluation and Solar Sister release joint research today that…

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Empowerment Journeys launch

In our Journeys series, we brought you updates from Hilaria and Halima, two Solar Sister entrepreneurs from Tanzania. Today we launch Empowerment Journeys – a dynamic visualization of Hilaria and Halima’s journey over the years, from their first solar light purchase to reaching thousands of people with clean energy products.  Click the images to see their journeys!…

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