My dream is to build a house for my cattle.17 February 2017
Halima Mdee worked very hard in 2016 to grow her business from the ground up and was able to deliver clean energy access to 280 people in her community.
Halima’s bestselling product is the d.Light S2, a small, affordable solar lantern that replaces the need for kerosene in rural…Read more
A complete house of our own!30 January 2017
It was an ordinary working day back in 2014, when my husband and I had been working in the field until evening time. We were exhausted after a long day of work so were keen to head straight home afterwards. As we walked down to our house, we could see the sky turning grey and smoke filling up…Read more
Germaine diversifies her sales thanks to a new solar fridge12 December 2016
Germaine and her women’s group have been operating their banana processing unit for years, but were limited to selling dry and powdered products due to lack of storage.
“We started this processing unit to avoid leaving crops to spoil in the sun. But without the appropriate equipment we…Read more
Improved Cookstoves: Road to recognition and empowerment6 December 2016
Ms. Bimala Rai, our empowerment journey candidate from Rampur, Udaypur is actively involved in the promotion of Improved Cookstoves (ICS) with her business partner, Ms. Kalpana Rai. Since our meeting, few months back, Bimala has installed about 200 ICS. “There is growing demand and together…Read more
The Wonder Woman Song4 November 2016
Halima’s growing business17 October 2016
In Halima’s recent interview in August, she pointed to transport as a key challenge in expanding her business. This month, Halima received a bicycle from Solar Sister! This is part of Solar Sister’s ongoing effort to provide promising entrepreneurs with business boosters to increase their…Read more
I knew that briquettes were a great idea and I could see it as a viable business25 August 2016
“I am a mother of 2 grown up boys. I used to work in a curio and artifact shop in Nairobi. Every time I opened the shop I would wish that I had my own business.
I was certain that the skills I had been exposed to would make me some money one day. The first time I decided to get in to…Read more
Poor weather conditions and waning gold industry affect Fatoumata’s solar lamp business25 August 2016
Fatoumata has been facing challenges most of her life, but has always shown determination to overcome them. So when economic crisis hit her region a few months ago, she fought to find ways to keep her business going and continue spreading the word about the benefits of solar lighting.
How has…Read more
One day I will distribute stoves on my own24 August 2016
“When I trained as a Grade1 draper, my drive and passion was towards self-employment. I then met my husband Samuel Kariuki, then a saw miller in the village, and our union was blessed with two boys. I soon realised that my tailoring would not yield the satisfaction I was looking for. At the…Read more
Overcoming initial challenges18 August 2016
It is late June 2016 when we meet Sita again. It has been nine months since she received the business skills training, Training of…Read more
Meet Halima Mdee from Tanzania15 August 2016 Read more
“A Technology fair or ‘Tech Fair’ is a showcase event to introduce the technologies to community members. During the tech fair, people are able to test and try out the products themselves…Read more
Seeing things positively is the best way to overcome challenges26 July 2016
Hilaria has many years of experience with the ups and downs of business and how to overcome challenges. This year, her biggest challenge has been caring for a sick child, which took up a lot of time and caused her to dip into her savings and business capitol. In July, the Solar Sister team…Read more
With better equipment we will be able to increase production30 June 2016 Read more
Mama Emi: My very first training14 June 2016
After my first (and believe me, surprising) sales of two cookstoves, I asked Widi to sign me up in the Wonder Women program. Not long after, Widi came to my house carrying a couple of books and papers. He explained to me that if I were to join the program, I should receive some training about…Read more
Ibu Dasri: From a sanitarian to a Wonder Woman14 June 2016
In East Lombok where I live, knowledge of good hygiene and sanitation is very minimal, nearing nothing at all. A lot of people do not have a toilet in their house and open defecation still happens in many areas. Additionally, many people still drink and cook with unclean water from various…Read more
Meet Fatoumata Keita, a solar lighting entrepreneur25 April 2016 Read more
The story of Sita Gurung25 April 2016
“I am Sita Gurung, 33 years of age and a resident of Dumredharapani village, Khotang district, one of the most remote districts of Nepal. I am educated upto 10th standard. Married at the age of 24, I kept myself engaged in my own cultural/traditional business of weaving. I was always…Read more
Ms. Bimala Rai, ICS Entrepreneur29 March 2016
I am Bimala Rai, 32 years of age and living in Maina Maini village, Udayapur district of Nepal. I am a single parent of two children: a daughter and a son. I have been separated from my husband since last five years. To sustain my children I started operating a small shop in the street…Read more
Hilaria brings light, hope, oportunity8 March 2016
There is no electricity in this area or in neighboring villages. I learned about Solar Sister and then received training from them. With solar light I can weave my baskets even at night.
Meet Germaine Dione and her women’s group29 February 2016
How it all started18 February 2016
It started out just like any other day: I opened the small shop in my house and spent the afternoon weaving traditional Flores ikat. My house is located on the main road of Bena Traditional Village. People who are passing through or visiting the ancient village often stop to buy snacks,…Read more
Sometimes it’s hard for me to keep track of all sales, installments, and payments. So, I always record all of Kopernik’s technology sales history in this book – that way not a single Rupiah will go missing.
A teachers’s influence reaches far beyond the classroom17 February 2016
Ibu Dasri is an enthusiastic 45-year old wife and mother of three. As a teacher at the Early Childhood Education and Development Centre (PAUD), she is on a mission to ensure all children in her village have access to proper education. She also strives to give the people in her village access to…Read more