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ACT1 Solar Sister - Light for women and girls in rural Africa

Appropriately, I am shadowing a light.

Solar Sister is an organization dedicated to bringing simple, solar-powered light to women and girls in rural Africa. This by-women, for-women service means things like:
  • Girls don't miss out on study time. As they normally attend to domestic chores after school, unlike their brothers who do their school assignments immediately when they get home from school, so the girls fall behind in school and are more likely to drop out.
  • Women are unhampered in their ability to care and provide for their families as they struggle to cook dinner by the poor light of tadoobas, and spend too much of their time and the family’s income on gathering fuel.
  • Maternity wards and women's centers have reliable light when night sets in. You need only read this letter from Kisuba Health Unit II to know how much that means.

If you have any doubts about what a little light can accomplish, check out The Chicken Story:


Their solution is simple, insightful and has far-reaching consequences.


I follow them on twitter, facebook, and I'm also subscribed to the personal blog of Solar Sister Director, Katherine Lucey.

Solar Sister on Twitter

Solar Sister fan page on Facebook

Solar Sister blog by Katherine Lucey


I've sent them an email to let them know I'm a fan of their work and would love to be able to support them in more tangible ways.

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Comment by Murray Sterley on March 17, 2010 at 9:18am
This is brilliant, thanks for sharing!
Comment by Philip Wood on March 18, 2010 at 6:20pm
Never heard of this, what a great organization! Thanks!
Comment by solarafrica on March 21, 2010 at 5:31pm
Be sure to check out Solar Sister on the Ashoka Changemakers Women|Tools|Technology challenge: http://www.changemakers.com/en-us/node/69474
Comment by John D. Boyden on May 1, 2010 at 5:57pm
An inspiring video! +1Spark

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