Female microenterprise creation and business models for private sector distribution of low-cost off-grid LED lighting: Proposed randomized experiments in East Africa
The core research question in this area is how can we overcome gender inequalities by bringing women to the forefront in the establishment of village-level enterprises that distribute and recharge LED lights and mobile phones for off-grid rural households in Rwanda?
Extreme poverty and global warming are two of the most important challenges facing the world today. Women and girls are often the worst victims. From an early age, boys are prioritised over girls in receiving an education. This puts women at a disadvantage when it comes to accessing labour opportunities. Through this study, the researchers aim to find out how these gendered inequalities can be overcome by bringing women to the forefront in the establishment of local village-level enterprises that distribute LED lights to poor rural households. The researchers hope to identify broader spillovers into the household ethos, including access to light within the family and decision-making patterns as they relate to gender.
It will also be the first to rigorously evaluate the impact of a purpose-designed subsidised model – one that provides additional lights for women and children – on gender, wellbeing and socioeconomic outcomes.
- Environmental Economics Policy Research Unit (EPRU) (South Africa); Africa-branch of Environment for Development (Sweden)
Nuru East Africa Ltd (Rwanda)
Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) – Rwanda-office (head-‐office, New Haven, USA)