A recently developed study by the wPOWER Hub at the Wangari Maathai Institute, indicates that awareness on clean energy benefits in selected areas of Kiambu County in Kenya is relatively low with only 39% citing importance of clean energy, citing negative likely impact of smoke like chest complication and eyes illness.
wPOWER Hub (Partnership on Women’s Entrepreneurship in Renewables) is working to unlock this largely untapped potential of women and women’s groups to help fill the “last mile” gap in the supply chain to reach areas lacking energy access. This potential on women was enhanced through a three day community training on sustainable clean energy entrepreneurship that was conducted in Karura, Kiambu County. A total of 39 women and youth were equipped with skills and knowledge on clean energy to adopt, use and become entrepreneurs of clean technologies like briquettes, solar lighting and clean cook stoves.
wPOWER Hub training group in Karura, Kiambu County
In Kenya, indoor air pollution attributes to more than 14,000 deaths annually from inefficient burning of biomass for cooking energy and lighting solutions. wPOWER Hub aims to train more than 950 women and youth in 19 regions in Kenya on sustainable clean energy entrepreneurship by 2017.