By Tindi Sitati / wPOWER Hub News
April. 7, 2016
MACHAKOS COUNTY – Jackline Mwende had always wanted to be a successful business woman, now married with children her dream is still alive.
The Kaiwa based house wife received an invitation to the “Sustainable Clean Energy Entrepreneurship Training” by the wPOWER Hub at the Wangari Maathai Institute, University of Nairobi and was offered a free, three day training course. Jackline signed up, and was one of 54 women to proudly graduate Friday, 1st April 2016, after gaining skills on clean energy entrepreneurship.
“I would like to use this as a stepping stone,” Jackline, 35, of Machakos County, said after earning her certificate. She developed an interest in briquette making and now dreams of working to make renewable energy more affordable and accessible to all. “I hope to have a long-term career in it.”
Jackline and 53 other women celebrated their accomplishment, cheered on by wPOWER Hub staff and facilitators, during the closing ceremony at the Africa Brotherhood Church (ABC) in Kathiani, Machakos County.
The wPOWER Hub, at the Wangari Maathai Institute will now place these women at the wPOWER Hub Network, a group of women clean energy entrepreneurs trained by the wPOWER Hub. The goal, at the end, is for the women to develop the capacity to catalyze change, inspire, empower, transform and become champions of sustainable clean energy.
“This is such an important program for us,” Prof Kiama Gitahi, the Director, Wangari Maathai Institute, told the graduates. “We are so proud of all of you. We’re excited to see how your entrepreneurship journey will progress.”