Hosted by Hivos since 2016, ENERGIA wants to see 3,000 micro and small scale women entrepreneurs run profitable energy businesses, delivering clean energy products and services to 2 million people in hard to reach communities.
Indonesia, Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda
Worldwide, more than a billion people lack access to electricity and 2.7 billion people still use wood, agricultural residues, dried manure and charcoal for cooking. The indoor pollution from these fuel sources causes 4.3 million deaths per year – more than HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. Rural women and girls in developing countries are affected most by the lack of energy access.
ENERGIA uses innovative approaches in its Women’s Economic Empowerment Program to deliver energy services in remote areas in Africa and Asia by supporting rural women energy entrepreneurs. ENERGIA develops their business skills (bookkeeping, marketing, accounting, etc.), improves their access to finance and helps them build partnerships and strengthen their leadership.
Results so far
More than 4,000 women entrepreneurs are engaged in the program, 70 percent of whom have noted profits. Thanks to the sale of over 450,000 units of clean energy products – such as solar lamps, solar home systems and improved cook stoves – 2.6 million people now have access to energy. At the same time, these women entrepreneurs have together created over 5,000 jobs.
Period and budget
2014-2018, €5.8 million
Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency and Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (donors), and the implementing partners CRT/N, Energy 4 Impact, Kopernik, Practical Action Eastern Africa, Solar Sister