Promoting the Central Role of Women
in Clean Energy Entrepreneurship, Addressing both Energy Poverty
and Climate Change.

We envision a world where women are free of energy poverty and lead the change they need. Partner with us to become a powerful force for progress in the sector.

The Issue of Our Time

2.7 billion

rely on inefficient cooking and heating practices

5 hours a day

spent by women collecting fuel for cooking.

25 %

of all climate changing black carbon arises from inefficient cooking and lighting.

Strategic Priorities

We Build Evidence

Women must play an important role in accelerating the adoption of clean energy technologies.

We Share Best Practices

A partnership approach is needed to address seemingly intractable issues such as energy poverty.

We Advocate

Prioritizing women’s leadership in clean energy entrepreneurship is investing in our future.

Our Impact


Women and Youth trained


People with improved access
to clean energy technologies


Green House Gas (GHG)
reduction (in tonnes)


Empower Generation is a Nepal and U.S. based social enterprise that works to build female entrepreneurship and energy access by providing Nepalese women with business skills training, mentorship, and low interest loans to establish and grow clean energy businesses in their rural communities. Since 2011, it has helped 23 women start 20 businesses, deploying 300 sales agents across 12 districts in Nepal. Empower Generation’s distribution network of women-led businesses has sold 58,580 products, including portable solar lights, solar home systems, and clean cookstoves; afforded 294,626 people with cleaner safer, light and power; saved families over USD 2.1 million in household energy expenses; and displaced 12,843 tons of CO2.

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Oorja, a for-profit social enterprise, aims to use locally available crop waste and solar energy as resources to power rural communities.
Oorja’s mission is to provide clean and affordable energy access to the 450 million people without access to reliable electricity in rural India.. It uses decentralized energy systems to address energy poverty, stimulate local economic development and tackle climate change. It leverages a micro-franchise business model to deploy mini-grids for power generation, transmission and distribution.

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