STORY OF THE WEEK: SANGO BAY WORKS TOGETHER

The Solar Sister entrepreneurs of the Sango Bay Twezimbe Joint Farmers Association are unique — the ten entrepreneurs sell as a collective. The entrepreneurs keep 40% of their profit for their own individual use, and 60% of their profit is put into a savings bank. The money put in the savings bank is used for…

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STORY OF THE WEEK: CONNECTING WITH LEADERSHIP

Athumani is the chairman of Mamboleo, a village in Tanga, Tanzania. When he noticed that a nearby school’s headmistress, Beatrice, was selling solar lanterns as a Solar Sister, he decided to purchase a lantern. He liked the idea of a light brighter than kerosene, and one he could easily carry around. He felt he could…

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CAREERS: SHORT TERM TRAINING CONSULTANT

Position:  Women’s Enterprise Development Short Term Training Consultant  Location: Location is flexible but preference for candidates based in Washington, DC where Solar Sister has its global headquarters or in one of Solar Sister’s current countries of operations (Nigeria, Uganda, Tanzania). Principle Duties and Responsibilities:  Solar Sister is looking for a short-term consultant (with possible long term…

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STORY OF THE WEEK: DEODOTTA

“I became a Solar Sister because I saw it as an opportunity for the whole community, not just me,” explained Deodata, an entrepreneur from Msemembo, Tanzania. At night, Deodata opens her home up to students who cannot yet afford to buy the lights, so they can still study at night and saving money from not…

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JOURNEYS: HALIMA’S GROWING BUSINESS, OCTOBER 2016 UPDATE

Halima Mdee is a vegetable farmer and now Solar Sister entrepreneur in Kilimanjaro. Halima is working to grow her business in Northern Tanzania. To date, she has sold 47 products, providing 235 people in her community with access to solar lights. In Halima’s recent interview in August, she pointed to transport as a key challenge in…

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SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER: FIRST LIGHT. LAST MILE.

Solar Sister entrepreneurs are bringing modern energy access for the first time to some of the most remote, hardest to reach communities in sub-Saharan Africa.This is often the first light in the last mile. Solar Sister focuses on helping under-served rural communities meet their immediate energy needs, where impacts are the most transformative. By meeting…

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STORY OF THE WEEK: SERVING THE LAST MILE

Solar Sister entrepreneur Julieth Mollel walking to visit her neighbor Agness Daudi. The World Bank estimates that only 15% of Tanzania’s population as access to electricity. That number is likely even lower in rural areas. This is the “last mile” that Solar Sister serves, aiming to bring energy access to those who need it most. We do…

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STORY OF THE WEEK: MFORO VILLAGE

Fatuma, Grace K., Mwanaidi, and Grace M. are all apart of a women’s savings group in Mforo village outside of Mwanga, Tanzania. The savings group is comprised mostly of female farmers who need access to loans to cover daily expenses they cannot afford to pay on a consistent basis. Often, women must ask their husbands…

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STORY OF THE WEEK: AFTER NIGHT FALLS

Imagine all the things you do after 7pm: Finishing emails for work, cooking dinner, studying for school, spending time with family and friends. Wrapping up that last bit of work… Finishing chores…   Walking home… Studying… Preparing a meal… Eating dinner… Spending time with family and friends… Living life! Energy access improves lives in a…

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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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