Harnessing the potential of women and women’s network to increase the use of clean energy technologies is an integral part of climate change initiatives. To address this need, the United States Department of State (in honor of Gender Day), launched the Partnership on Women’s Entrepreneurship in Renewables (wPOWER) at the annual United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP-19) in January 2013.
The partnership was launched under the Green Belt Movement International (GBMI). wPOWER’s initial activities were implemented at the Wangari Maathai Institute of Peace and Environmental Studies (University of Nairobi) and involved training and equipping rural women with clean energy entrepreneurial skills.
Working together with these key partners, wPOWER aimed to empower more than 8,000 women clean energy entrepreneurs across Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Nigeria, and India to deliver clean energy access to more than 3.5 million people by September 2018.
Here is a photo narrative showcasing wPOWER Hub activities, titled Closing the Last Mile Gap; Training Women as Clean Energy Entrepreneurs.