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Women and girls often bear the brunt of energy poverty as they spend hours each day collecting firewood, cooking on smoky cookstoves, and doing household chores in poor lighting. Access to clean energy can make a huge difference to them. It also provides entrepreneurial and income generating opportunities for women.

We are working with 160 women entrepreneurs in rural Senegal to improve their position in the energy access market through technology, business and financial mentoring, so that they can increase access to energy in their communities.

The high cost of distributing clean energy products in remote areas is a barrier to their adoption in off-grid areas, where they are most needed. We have recently partnered with Total Senegal to develop distribution networks of solar lanterns in eastern Senegal, by linking producers to women sales agents operating in the area.

To find out more, please visit our Femm Plus micro-site.