STORY OF THE WEEK: GRADES IMPROVE

Before she purchased S2 solar lanterns, Natalia’s children were having issues in school and health. “They couldn’t study confidently. When they used kerosene, they started coughing and choking from the smoke.” Natalia decided to buy battery powered flashlights as an alternative, but she became frustrated when the flashlights broke with no warranty to return them….

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STORY OF THE WEEK: BACK TO SCHOOL

Happy September, everyone! For our Solar Sister supporters in the US, it’s back to school time. New pencils, new schoolbooks, new backpacks… all the things you need to start a fresh school year. In sub-Saharan Africa, there are two other essential ingredients: money to pay school fees, and light to study with at night. Julieth Mollel and…

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PORTRAIT: FATMA MZIRAY

Portrait of Solar Sister entrepreneur Fatma Mziray in her home. Mforo, Tanzania a village near Moshi, Tanzania. Solar Sister entrepreneur Fatma Mziray heard about Solar Sister from Victoria Mfinanga, a Solar Sister Business Development Associate. She was impressed with her presentation and bought a cookstove for herself. One of the main reasons was her concern…

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STORY OF THE WEEK: COW HAS A CALF

Solar Sister entrepreneur Fatma Mziray checking on her cows in their pen in the afternoon. With her income as a Solar Sister entrepreneur she was able to buy a new cow (which she named after Solar Sister). Since this picture was taken, that cow has had a calf… It’s amazing the way that small changes…

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STORY OF THE WEEK: BASKET WEAVERS AND WOMEN’S BUSINESS

The basket weavers of Mwada village were some of the first Solar Sister entrepreneurs in Tanzania. They discovered the Solar Sister opportunity through the African Wildlife Foundation, one of Solar Sister’s partner organizations in Tanzania. The women were intrigued by the idea of simultaneously attaining income security, while also helping their village. Now, not only…

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PORTRAIT: GRACE MBWAMBO AND WOMEN-LED SAVINGS GROUPS

Portrait of Solar Sister entrepreneur Grace Mbwambo. Grace became a Solar Sister entrepreneur after Solar Sister Business Development Associate Victoria Mfinanga gave a presentation to their savings and loan group. In villages like Mforo, Tanzania, women often come together in savings and loans groups to support one another economically. Each week, everyone puts a small amount…

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STORY OF THE WEEK: SISTERHOOD MEETINGS

Solar Sister entrepreneurs meet together at Fatma Mziray’s home to go over business and share ideas, meeting in a Solar Sister “Sisterhood” group. They enjoy being together and feel it helps them to learn from each other and try new methods of selling and marketing. They say they have all become closer friends because of…

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STORY OF THE WEEK: WAMAYO

Wamayo flashes a bashful smile of pride as she places her Marathoner Beacon solar lantern in front of her Singer sewing machine — demonstrating how she uses it while mending clothes during the late hours of the night. The solar lantern, purchased from a nearby Solar Sister entrepreneur in Sango Bay, Uganda, has became an…

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JOURNEYS: INTRODUCING HALIMA, AUGUST 2016

Halima Mdee is a new entrepreneur who joined Solar Sister in Tanzania in late 2015. Before she became a Solar Sister, Halima mainly sold vegetables from her home farm as a source of income. Halima is a bold and determined woman who is excited to have the opportunity to bring light to her community, and…

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SUMMER HAPPENINGS

Our Solar Sister entrepreneurs continue to reach more people with light, hope, and opportunity, every day. Since 2010, we have launched nearly 2,500 entrepreneurs who have reached more than 740,000 people with the benefits of clean energy in Tanzania, Nigeria, and Uganda. We share what those stories of impact look like each week on social…

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