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  • ENERGIA has been working on the intersection of energy access and women’s economic empowerment through its Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) programme. This document presents ENERGIA’s four-year journey to create and upscale women-centric energy enterprises that sell safe, reliable and affordable energy solutions to low-income consumers in underserved areas. It is a self-reflection, undertaken collectively by the WEE programme coordinator, the partner organizations and the ENERGIA International Secretariat.

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  • Yoselvina Kune, also known as Mama Selvi, is a Christian priest living in Oekam village, a small village three hours away from Kupang, Indonesia. She is part of Kopernik’s Wonder Women Program, an initiative to empower women becoming sales agents of clean energy technologies, such as solar lights, water filters and cookstoves. By selling solar […]

  • By Melissa Ruggles In Indonesia, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) is the most widely used energy source for cooking, and it is specifically an important source of energy for 50% of the poor and near-poor households who can access it. However, due to the rising costs of the fuel, and thereby the subsidies, the Indonesian government […]

  • By Melissa Ruggles/ENERGIA In her speech leading up to the COP23 in Bonn (6-17 November), Patricia Espinosa, the UN’s top climate change official, highlights the need to “significantly increase our efforts to reduce emissions and our carbon footprints,” and that “women must be at the forefront” of driving those efforts. Espinosa and others have been […]

  • As the only female staff working at RESCO, a renewable energy service company established under the Sumba Iconic Island platform, Jetty Arlinda Maro, 26, has to work twice as hard as her male colleagues to prove her capacity. Unlike those men, she is not only responsible for electrical installations, she is also the facilitator and […]

  • Dr. Anita Shankar discusses agency building, ENERGIA’s work, and how women are empowered from the inside out. When you hear the word ‘agency’, the first thing that may come to mind is a physical entity, a building with people working away in an office, a travel agency, a recruitment agency, a government department, and so […]

  • By Neva Nahtigal   Kopernik, our partner in Indonesia, has been working to improve public understanding of issues related to women and energy access. At the core of their recent activities in pursuit of that goal is the Indonesian Women for Energy – or #IDWOMEN4ENERGY – campaign. As Kopernik’s communications officer Ina Saptiono explained, “This […]

  • Financing is a big challenge in expanding energy access to the last mile, and women entrepreneurs face even larger bottlenecks than men when engaging in this field. A lot of the difficulties are related to non-financial barriers. These include, among others, the legal and regulatory environment, education and awareness among women, and constraints within financial […]

  • At least 620 million people in the Asia-Pacific region lack access to electricity, and in South East Asia alone, more than 275 million people still rely on biomass for cooking. Especially in rural areas women bear the brunt of this energy poverty, which compounds the many challenges they face on a daily basis. Women’s engagement […]

  • ENERGIA brought five exceptional women from Africa and Asia to the Sustainable Energy for All Forum. These five women are successful entrepreneurs, leaders in their communities and role models for other entrepreneurs. They have all been actively engaged in our Womens’ Economic Empowerment Programme for at least one year and have been continuously running a […]

  • Pursuing the goal of universal access to modern energy services by 2030 – while 1.1 billion people still live without energy access, and more than 2.7 billion without clean cooking facilities – requires concerted international effort and a break from business-as-usual. That is precisely what ENERGIA has been doing: building and taking part in international […]

  • Acting on ENERGIA’s commitment to Sustainable Energy for All, we are following up on our global campaign on energy, women, children and health with awareness raising and advocacy campaigns in five countries: Indonesia, Kenya, Nepal, Senegal and Tanzania. The aim of our Gender and Energy Advocacy Programme is to convince governments and donors to invest […]