wPOWER Hub’s partnership with Green Belt Movement has benefited from GBM’s extensive network of 4,000 nationwide community tree nursery groups that are empowering women clean energy entrepreneurs and providing clean energy access to thousands of women.The Green Belt Movement (GBM) has four main areas of activity— Tree Planting and Watersheds, Climate Change, Mainstream Advocacy, Gender Livelihood and Advocacy.The Hub has involved GBM community leaders in the training of trainers program, and has trained five GBM Trainees during the Training of Trainers Course.
wPOWER hub at Wangari Maathai Institute trained 8 Care International trainees during the training of trainers course on sustainable clean energy entrepreneurship held in July 2014. Two of the trainees were from Care International Rwanda, two from Care International Tanzania and four from Care International Kenya.The Care International wPOWER project is an Access Africa program supported by U.S Department of state covering three years from September 2012 and to December 2015. The main goal is reduction in carbon emissions, deforestation and improves economic status of women through increased uptake of clean energy products by rural and peri-urban households.
wPOWER Hub at Wangari Maathai Institute trained 5 Swayam Shikshan Prayog (SSP) trainees during the training of trainers course on sustainable clean energy entrepreneurship held in July 2014.Swayam Shikshan Prayog (SSP) is a learning and development organization that brings women and communities from the margin to mainstream by building competencies, collaborative platforms and partnerships.The wPOWER project at SSP started in 2012 and by July 2014. SSP had reached out to 700 women entrepreneurs and about 4000 community members with clean energy products such clean cook stoves, solar products, biogas and solar water heaters.
Solar Sister eradicates energy poverty by empowering women with economic opportunities. wPOWER Hub at Wangari Maathai Institute trained 6 Solar Sister trainees during the training of trainers course on sustainable clean energy entrepreneurship held in July 2014. One of the trainee was from the Solar Sister Tanzania, two from Solar Sister Uganda and three from Solar Sister Nigeria.
Solar Sister combines the breakthrough potential of solar and clean cooking technology with a deliberately woman-centered direct sales network to bring light, hope and opportunity to even the most remote communities in rural Africa.
The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves is a public-private partnership that seeks to save lives, improve livelihoods, empower women, and protect the environment by creating a thriving global market for clean and efficient household cooking solutions.The Alliance is working with the wPOWER Hub to help create awareness of the importance and use of clean cook stoves in developing countries.
The Mac Arthur Foundation works to defend human rights and advance global conservation and security.The Department of State, together with parallel support from the MacArthur Foundation created the wPOWER Hub at the Wangari Maathai Institute. MacArthur’s conservation grant making, aims to preserve ecosystems and species and to promote development that respects the environment.
wPOWER Hub at Wangari Maathai Institute trained 2 Women for Women International trainees during the training of trainers course on sustainable clean energy entrepreneurship held in July 2014. Women for Women International’s main objective is to equip women with skills and resources to move from poverty to a stable society. They will be working in the near future with Solar Sister so as to integrate solar energy product entrepreneurship in their training program.