By Tindi Sitati / wPOWER Hub News
wPOWER Hub at the Wangari Maathai Institute today hosted Ms Maria Moser from the Department of State and Ms Tatum Albertine an Environment, Science and Technology and Health Officer from the Embassy of the United States of America.The two paid a courtesy visit to the Hub to learn more about the development of the Hub’s activities towards promoting the role of women in clean energy.
Wanjira Mathai the wPOWER Hub Director thanked Ms Moser and the Department of State for their continuous support, towards the project, and gave an overview of the Hub activities and progress.
Prof Kiama Gitahi, the Principal CAVS, who was also present in the meeting, underscored the significant role that the wPOWER Hub plays at the Wangari Maathai Institute, and stated that the project’s mission is well in line with the Wangari Maathai Institute’s vision to provide excellence in experiential learning, transformational community outreach, and research for sustainable environments and cultures of peace.
In January 2013, the Department of State and USAID teamed up with the MacArthur Foundation, the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, CARE International, Solar Sister, Swayam Shikshan Prayog and the Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace & Environmental Studies to launch the Partnership on Women’s Entrepreneurship in Renewables (“wPOWER”) that aims to empower more than 8,000 women clean energy entrepreneurs across East Africa, Nigeria and India who will deliver clean energy access to more than 3.5 million people over the next three years.
From left( Robert McAyoo, Social Enterprise Officer, Dr Mary Kinoti, Dean, Business School, University of Nairobi, Simon Kiragu, Project Officer, Prof Kiama Gitahi, Principal, CAVS, Tatum Albertine, Environment,Science,Technology and Health Officer, Embassy of the United States of America, Wanjira Mathai, wPOWER Hub Director, Maria Moser, Department of State, Prof Henry Mutembei, Director Wangari Maathai Institute, Anne Misiko, M&E Officer, Lilian Kong’ani Project Assista