Is a collective of African women producing off-grid solar electricity by and for African women
Women's solar empowerment revolutionizing development
Liberating women, children and families from poverty is a socioeconomic imperative. This is not a small undertaking, and must be met with deliberate purpose.
In the struggle for “The solar electrification of rural Malawi and Africa - producing off-grid solar electricity by and for African women and their families,” we seek your partnership.
We see women empowerment and their economic development as crucial to countering extreme poverty and climate policy injustices.
Summer 2022, Women from villages in the southeastern region of Malawi – Lundu, Zomba, Machinga and Mbangombe – cultivated their gardens/small farms using solar irrigation. One hundred women collectives participated in hands-on solar irrigation training.
Three out of 10 of the households using the solar pumps are female headed. We are sure that our work of “women solar empowerment” has transformed the women and their families, has shored up their communities’ capacity to fight the elements of climate change, such as drought, and has eliminated the practice of utilizing diesel water pumps
In Malawi, women make up 52 percent of the agricultural labor force, yet, “nearly 70%, live below the international poverty line. At a per diem amount of roughly $2.00/day, it is a struggle for Malawian women to support their families, educate their children, and to provide for their care.
Womens-solar.org is a sponsored project of the International Collaborative for Science, Education and the Environment (ICSEE) (See: https://internationalcollaborative.org/about-us/international-collaborative/). The main activities of the ICSEE focus on women's empowerment with the Maasai in Northern Tanzania, while the ICSEE volunteer organizer Robert Van Buskirk has organized a range of solar activities in Malawi to the South of Tanzania (See: https://www.solar4africa.org/).
The Womens-solar.org project is governed by a small informal collective that includes Rachel Kanyerere, Christina Molesi, Evelyn Anasbile and Lesia Whitehurst with technical and logistical assistance from Robert Van Buskirk.