Partner Spotlight: Practical Action Eastern Africa

Practical Action, is an international non-governmental organisation (NGO) using technology and innovation to challenge poverty in developing countries. Of the 1.5 billion of the poorest people in the world, 70% of these are women. They are energy poor in that they do not have choice in the household energy they access or use in their daily lives particularly for cooking and lighting.

The organization has been working with existing micro and small enterprises (MSEs) owned by women in Kenya in the three value chains of improved cookstoves (ICS), solar technology and biomass briquettes and has empowered over 700 women entrepreneurs and more than 360,000 beneficiaries in rural and peri-urban areas of seven counties in five regions of Kenya namely: the Central (Murang’a and Nyeri), Rift Valley (Nakuru), Nairobi, Western (Kakamega) and Nyanza regions (Kisumu and Siaya).

A woman entrepreneur signs the WEEWorks Call to Action

As part of its strategic priorities to improve the lives of vulnerable populations in Kenya, Practical Action and the Sustainable Community Development Services (SCODE) with support from ENERGIA International designed a national public awareness campaign called Women Economic Empowerment Works (WEEWorks) to elevate critical issues on energy poverty and gender and to highlight women’s economic empowerment.

Launched in March 2017, the WEEWorks campaign targets 2 million Kenyans and will ensure that the implementation of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) process in Kenya integrates clear gender objectives.

“Through this campaign, we hope to shine a spotlight on the significant role of women in energy issues and intensify our focus on mobilising social capital and supporting women to profitably provide energy services and products’’

– Farida Bascha, Regional Director – Practical Action Eastern Africa Regional Office

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