JOURNEYS: HALIMA FEBRUARY 2017 UPDATE

Halima Mdee worked very hard in 2016 to grow her business from the ground up and was able to deliver clean energy access to 280 people in her community. Halima’s bestselling product is the d.Light S2, a small, affordable solar lantern that replaces the need for kerosene in rural households. Halima herself uses this light and saves…

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February Newsletter: A Letter from Katherine Lucey

A Letter from Solar Sister’s Co-Founder and CEO, Katherine Lucey Dear Friends, 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…

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JOURNEYS: HILARIA, JANUARY 2017 UPDATE

Hilaria Paschal, a Solar Sister entrepreneur in Tanzania since 2013, wants to focus on strengthening and expanding her network of customers and partners in 2017 to take her business to the next level. With the help of her team of Solar Sister entrepreneurs in Babati and her husband, Hilaria’s goal is to earn enough profit…

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PORTRAIT: GRACE KIMARO

Give the gift of light, hope, and opportunity!   Portrait of Solar Sister entrepreneur Grace Kimaro: When Grace Kimaro became a Solar Sister entrepreneur and started selling lanterns she made a profit that she didn’t expect. She has used her profit for farming and other household expenses. She has been making more money since becoming…

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STORY OF THE WEEK: ESTER GETS A STOVE

Ester Hodari, age 22 years old, cooks dinner using the traditional three-rock cook stove with a fire in the middle. These cookstoves use a lot of fuel, firewood, and produce a lot of smoke. Ester told us that cooking with this type of stove made her eyes turn red and she often had a chest…

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STORY OF THE WEEK: MOSHI

Moshi has sold more than 250 solar lanterns and clean cookstoves, and gone through five reciept books in her first year as a Solar Sister entrepreneur. She first heard about Solar Sister during a presentation at a FarmAfrica meeting. She was persuaded by the need for clean energy. “Our community is far from the road,…

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STORY OF THE WEEK: DINNERTIME

At her home near Arusha, Tanzania Solar Sister entrepreneur Julieth Mollel  prepares a dinner of ugali, vegetables and beans cooking on her clean cookstove. Ugali is a staple eaten in many countries in Africa and is cornmeal porridge. Working in her compact outdoor kitchen at night is easier now with the clean cookstove that puts…

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STORY OF THE WEEK: WOMEN AS ROLE MODELS

Evelyn laughs joyfully as she picks up her Solar Sister business bag to demonstrate how she gets customers’ attention. “This is how I hold my bag. I take it everywhere I go,” she said. Evelyn and her husband were the first Solar Sister entrepreneurs in Handeni village. “Before Solar Sister, it was hard to get…

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PORTRAIT: MWUNAIDI MSUYA

Portrait of Solar Sister entrepreneur Mwunaidi Msuya: Mwunaidi became a Solar Sister entrepreneur after Solar Sister Business Development Associate Victoria Mfinanga gave a presentation to their savings and loan group. Mwunaidi felt it was an opportunity to grow economically. She bought some of the solar lanterns. Her neighbors saw them when they came over and so…

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STORY OF THE WEEK: LIGHTING UP A RESTAURANT

“Customers are excited to be able to finally be able to see what they’re eating,” Nayebale says with a laugh. After four months of saving, Nayebale, who runs a restaurant in Tanzania, purchased a Marathoner solar lantern because she became weary of the kerosene fumes, which caused both her and her customers to cough and feel…

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