Model & Strategy

Solar Sister is a green energy revolution powered by women’s enterprise. Providing a grassroots solution to a global energy crisis, Solar Sister combines the breakthrough potential of clean energy technology with a deliberately women-centered direct sales network. Working in rural Africa, Solar Sister recruits, trains and supports women to become Solar Sister Entrepreneurs. The women build sustainable businesses selling solar lamps, mobile phone chargers and fuel efficient cook stoves. Using their natural networks of family, friends and neighbors to provide the most effective distribution channel to rural and hard to reach customers the women earn much needed income to support their families and provide a vital service to their communities. Access to clean energy and simple light has profound benefits including improved education, health and economic outcomes.

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At a Glance
Founded: 2011
Founder & CEO: Katherine Lucey
Economic Empowerment
Location of work: International, Africa
Solar Sister
Washington DC,
Light. Hope. Opportunity.
Katherine Lucey of Solar Sister
Meet Katherine Lucey

Katherine Lucey, founder and CEO of Solar Sister,  brings 20 years investment banking and non-profit leadership experience to her role as social entrepreneur.  She is an Ashoka East Africa Fellow and a winner of Social Venture Network 2011 Innovation Award and a Global Social Benefit Incubator Fellow for 2011 at the Santa Clara University Center for Science and Technology. Katherine currently serves on the UN Foundation initiative the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves and is a co-chair of the Supply Chain and Entrepreneurship Committee of the Sustainable Energy for All Practitioner Network.

IMPACT

Solar Sister has built a network of more than 4,500 women entrepreneurs who earn income while bringing access to clean energy technologies to more than 1.5M people in Nigeria, Tanzania, and Uganda.

In the long term, Solar Sister provides livelihoods and energy access in rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa – breaking the cycle of poverty by creating economic opportunities for women entrepreneurs and access to energy for the women, their families, and their off-grid communities.

  • “This work with Solar Sister is fulfilling because it benefits people. I can make a positive impact on their life.”… https://t.co/hZ6MtbfirB
  • Ajibo Chinemerem, a new Solar Sister Entrepreneur, is welcomed by Business Development Associate Ogochukwu Ajuluchu… https://t.co/5adWsdjs9u
  • 💡 “My life changed through the solar sister business. I can take care of my family without depending on my husband.… https://t.co/GJCC3U1bUb
  • 💖We at Solar Sister are thrilled that you have joined us in the mission of empowering women in Africa who bring cle… https://t.co/IOc4Yq8cwW
  • Solar Sister Business Development Associate's work takes place in the rural areas of Plateau State, in north-centra… https://t.co/RFCmhEAEiJ
  • SOLAR SISTER LAUNCHES ADVISORY COUNCIL Leaders from across the women’s economic empowerment, climate change, & ener… https://t.co/1wERN7IELV
  • Grace's family relied on kerosene lamps to light the house at night, which put off lots of smoke. In 2015, Grace be… https://t.co/mCmYJ47j1R
  • “We’re investing in data science in a way that we’ve never done before, and it’s allowing us to scale more systemat… https://t.co/A1svYKBfLD
  • 💡Light goes hand in hand with knowledge; it is a lens through which to see and understand the world."⁠ Ms. Audrey A… https://t.co/oA1Hn90Yv2
  • Mothers change the world around them! 💛 From all of us at Solar Sister, we want to wish a happy Mother's Day to all… https://t.co/6ruEer78tR
  • “The training from Solar Sister has helped me to be patient and let people talk. We did role-playing in class, and… https://t.co/i9cC2KJUJh
  • Tanzanian Solar Sister Entrepreneur Zena Juma loves cooking "bites" & always desired a store. With training from So… https://t.co/Lws790YdZS
  • RT @KenStringfellow: It's #BandcampFriday -- perfect time to pick up "Positive Signs: A Tribute to Frosting on the Beater" @theposies album…
  • “Solar Sister has been vital for me and my family,” Nadamu shares. “This work helps women fight against poverty in… https://t.co/Z65a8S1BzG
  • 💡⚡️ Solar Sister has solutions! 🙌🏾 @solarsister_tanzania, @solarsister_ng #genderequity #climatejusticehttps://t.co/yBy8v4yTPX
  • RT @globalbike: Check out more stories about the impact of bicycles among Solar Sister entrepreneurs in Tanzania. #twowheelsmakeaworldofdif…
  • Thank you @KenStringfellow! You are so kind! Congratulations on the 30th Anniversary and thank you so much for your… https://t.co/bPZZx69Z1s
  • Thank you @theposies! Your generosity is legend! We are honored to be the name-twin of your most famous song "Solar… https://t.co/NsU6pU7ec3
  • RT @KatherineHLucey: DYK? "@Solar_Sister" shares our name with a song by @theposies from their iconic "Frosting on the Beater" album. They…
  • As a biology teacher in southern Nigeria, Comfort Ubong Akpana knows the value of having light. Meet Comfort to le… https://t.co/QRFSpxOrE0