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 Thursday, July 29th Round Table - Sponsored by Solar Sister, Tanzania at the Protea Courtyard Hotel, Dar Es Sa… https://t.co/dLGJ7QNqnf
  • Starting soon! Meet Speaker, Dr. Ejiro -speaking at our Round Table-Nigeria event, July 29th. “Enabling Policy And… https://t.co/XfEf2pv24H
  • Meet Speaker, Jackie M. Waniki at our Round Table-Nigeria event, July 29th. “Enabling Policy And Market Environment… https://t.co/2ZJ1EHVNUz
  • Meet Speaker, Dr. Temilade Sesan at our Round Table-Nigeria event, July 29th. “Enabling Policy And Market Environme… https://t.co/hReUnCeDtd
  • Ready for tomorrow! Meet Speaker, Adedotun Eyinade at our Round Table-Nigeria event, July 29th. “Enabling Policy An… https://t.co/qWiuIAo3Ps
  • Happening tomorrow! Meet Speaker, Silvia Sartori, Round Table-Nigeria event July 29th. “Enabling Policy And Market… https://t.co/VvlUteWs1L
  • Meet our Speaker, Anita Otubu, Our Round Table-Nigeria event tomorrow, July 29th. “Enabling Policy And Market Envi… https://t.co/R56iZBeby4
  • Meet our Speaker, Iffy Malo, for our Round Table-Nigeria on July 29th. “Enabling Policy And Market Environments To… https://t.co/nl5saQtxTl
  • This will be a terrific panel with @ejiro795 & @IbieneOkeleke speaking with three Solar Sister Entrepreneurs as th… https://t.co/EEDp49BqbQ
  • Meet our Keynote Speaker, Dr. Meseret Teklemariam Zemedkun for our Round Table-Nigeria on July 29th. “Enabling Poli… https://t.co/fccYcBfPys
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  • More details on our blog!! National Level Round Table Advocacy Event – Solar Sister Nigeria. To Register:… https://t.co/kEvzoeuFf9
  • RT @energia_org: ✨We are continuing our series #EmpowermentJourneys! 💡 Onyinye Onye Ndimele is a @Solar_Sister Entrepreneur living in sout…
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  • RT @KatherineHLucey: Bright idea: Collaborate w/ social entrepreneurs to address interconnected issues ie gender equality & climate change.…
  • An eight-dollar light is a difference of being able to study at night & not breathing in toxic fumes from a kerosen… https://t.co/oomAQIzUuj
  • July 29th, 2021, join our Nigerian team for a Round Table Event: “Enabling Policy And Market Environments To Supp… https://t.co/kCSeLfNtw6
  • Join scholar @temiladesesan whose cutting-edge work sits at the nexus of the sustainable development objectives of… https://t.co/7jwZXhszrU
  • Rounding the corner on a decade! "Even a pandemic couldn’t keep Solar Sister down". New article on where we have be… https://t.co/398q6xGEVq