Masaai women in Kenya find opportunity for themselves and their villages through the solar energy industry.
- The Women and Entrepreneurship in Renewable Energy Project (WEREP) trains local women to install solar energy products.
- Communities benefit from easier electricity access, decreases in energy costs, and environmental and livestock protection in a country that sees 68% of its population disconnected from electrical grids.
- With the market penetration of solar energy having risen from 0 to 20% since 2006, clean energy advocates are hopeful that these women will help market and spread the products throughout their communities.
“Our community customs do not allow women to own any property…But now women here own the solar technology, and it is something we are very happy about.”
More on this story at Reuters.