June 3, 2015 | Blog | News |

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Providence, RI., June 3, 2015 – Solar Sister, a network of women entrepreneurs bringing clean energy to rural Africa, is proud to announce that Chief Executive Officer Katherine Lucey has been awarded a Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Lucey was honored last night by Hilde Schwab, Chairperson and Co-Founder of the Foundation and dignitaries from around the world to kick off the World Economic Forum on Africa 2015, happening in Cape Town, South Africa from June 3-5. The Forum, “Then and now: Reimagining Africa’s Future,” convenes regional and global leaders from business, government and civil society to evaluate Africa’s progress over the last 25 years, share insights on the present landscape and identify innovative approaches to accelerate inclusive growth while bringing about sustainable development in the future.

Lucey is recognized for leading Solar Sister’s success in improving the health, safety, education and economic prosperity of communities in rural Africa through women’s empowerment and solar energy businesses. Since 2010, Solar Sister has trained more than 1,500 Solar Sister Entrepreneurs in Tanzania, Uganda, and Nigeria positively impacting the lives of more than 250,000. As a recipient of the Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year award, Lucey joins more than 300 outstanding social entrepreneurs from 60 countries.

Of the 2015 awardees, Lucey is one of 5 social entrepreneurs honored who are from or working in sub-Saharan Africa. Other recipients include Christie Phyllis Peacock of Sidai Africa in Kenya, Sharanjeet Shan of Maths Centre Incorporating Sciences in South Africa, and John Sargent & Ernest Darkoh of BroadReach Healthcare in South Africa. Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneurs are fully integrated into the events and initiatives of the World Economic Forum and contribute actively to and benefit from peer-to-peer exchanges with other social entrepreneurs, as well as interactions with top leaders in business, government, civil society and the media.

Media Inquiries:
Solar Sister
Caroline Mailloux at caroline.mailloux@solarsister.org

About the Solar Sister 

Solar Sister recruits, trains and mentors women to build sustainable businesses selling portable solar lamps, mobile phone chargers and clean cook-stoves. It combines the breakthrough potential of clean energy technologies with a network of grassroots women entrepreneurs. Solar Sister entrepreneurs use their social networks to provide the most effective distribution channel to rural and hard to reach customers. Modern energy has life transforming benefits such as improved education for children, better indoor air quality for families and economic wellbeing of women. More info: www.solarsister.org.

About the World Economic Forum on Africa

In 2015, the World Economic Forum on Africa will mark 25 years of change in Africa. Over the past decade and a half, Africa has demonstrated a remarkable economic turnaround, growing two to three percentage points faster than global GDP. Regional growth is projected to remain stable at 4.5% in 2015, buoyed by rising foreign direct investment flows, particularly into the natural resources sector; increased public investment in infrastructure; and higher agricultural production.

With the world’s largest youth demographic, Africa’s working-age population is expected to double to 1 billion in the next 25 years, surpassing both China and India. The year 2015 is also significant for Africa, as it marks the end of global, regional and local efforts to meet the Millennium Development Goals aimed at eradicating poverty.

About the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship 

The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship provides unparalleled platforms at the regional and global level to highlight and advance leading models of sustainable social innovation. It identifies a select community of social entrepreneurs and engages it in shaping global, regional and industry agendas that improve the state of the world in close collaboration with the other stakeholders of the World Economic Forum.

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Katherine Lucey accepts her award. Photo credit: World Economic Forum / Benedikt von Loebell



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