A Letter from Solar Sister’s Co-Founder and CEO, Katherine Lucey
Thank you for making 2016 the best year yet for Solar Sister! Your support empowers women entrepreneurs who are building businesses, providing for their families, and creating access to life changing clean energy technologies in the most remote and hardest to reach communities in sub-Saharan Africa.
With your help we have expanded our reach to new communities and reached deeper into the communities we already serve, truly reaching the ‘last inch of the last mile’. With your help, we have been able to invest in strengthening our programs and services, including new mobile toolkits using cutting edge technology. With your help, we have provided additional training and support to our entrepreneurs, giving them greater knowledge and skills and helping them to build their confidence and abilities.
Last year, we developed new partnerships and invested in research that allows us to better measure our impact. I am so proud and energized by the results of that research as it provides clear evidence that what we do matters.Empowering women with economic opportunity truly does change lives in ways that are measurable, meaningful and have lasting impact. Thanks to you, and thanks to the incredible team of Solar Sister Entrepreneurs, “Light. Hope. Opportunity.” is more than a motto, it is a mission.
In 2016, we were able to increase the number of Solar Sister Entrepreneurs in the field by 30% and increase the number of people whose lives are made brighter by access to solar and clean cookstoves to over 700,000.
And even though we are somewhat obsessed by data and numbers and measuring impact with technology and analytics, what really defines Solar Sister is the impact on individual lives. It is the stories of the Entrepreneurs and their customers that bring to life ‘why’ we do what we do. Visit our blog
to read their stories.
Thank you for wholeheartedly being a part of the Solar Sister mission. Join us as we make 2017 even brighter! Your support makes all the difference.
“What makes me wake up early every morning and take my cookstoves and go to my business is to be able to take my family to school as well as to get food and other family needs.” – Solar Sister Fatma Mziray