Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 7:00pm
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First Parish in Cambridge Unitarian Universalist, 3 Church Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge

Boston Area Solar Energy Association Forum

Saha Global and the African Photovoltaic Project

In some countries, electricity is a scarce commodity and clean water is non-existent. Saha Global empowers women in rural communities to solve their village's need for clean water and electricity by providing business opportunities. How do they do it? By bringing leaders from around the world to Ghana through their Global Leadership Program where they train local women to launch profitable social enterprises.

All of the revenue from these businesses stays in the community and is managed by the women entrepreneurs. To date, Saha has launched 71 clean water businesses and 5 solar electricity businesses, which empower 164 women entrepreneurs who serve 38,108 people. 100% of these businesses are still in operation today.

The African Photovoltaic Project grew out of the struggles faced by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur (SNDdeN) working in Africa. Prototyped at the Cuvilly Arts & Earth Center in Ipswich, MA, photovoltaic systems have been installed at sites in Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). At these remote villages, having a clean source of electricity has raised the level of safety, especially in the clinics, maternity wards and schools. Life is more livable for the sisters and the people.

Solar energy can make an enormous impact in rural locations, directly displacing the use and expense of kerosene and diesel fuels. Saha Global and the African Photovoltaic Project have dramatic stories to share and show at the next BASEA Forum. We look forward to seeing you Thursday!

Contact Name: 

Mike Higgins

Research Areas: 

Harvard University
Center for the Environment

Address: 26 Oxford Street, 4th Floor, Cambridge
Phone: (617) 495-0368

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