Training of Trainers (ToT)

In order to create and empower clean energy entrepreneurs, the wPOWER Hub at Wangari Maathai Institute developed the training of trainers course on Sustainable Clean Energy Entrepreneurship. This training formed part of wPOWER Hub activities towards the Partnership on Women’s Entrepreneurship in Renewables (wPOWER) project that was launched by the US State Department in January 2013. This course is aimed at nurturing change agents and equipping them with skills and tools they need to bring about, as Wangari Maathai hoped, community transformation in clean energy, environmental stewardship and livelihood improvements.


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The first Training of Trainers (ToT) course on sustainable clean energy entrepreneurship was held by the Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace and Environmental studies at the Green Belt Movement Langata Training center in Kenya from the 14th to the 25th of July 2014.

The Training of trainer’s course on sustainable clean energy entrepreneurship was a three weeks course attended by 26 participants drawn from wPOWER partners from different countries and regions. Green Belt Movement, Care International, Solar Sisters, Swayam Shikshan Prayog (SSP) and Women for Women International   selected participants from their wPOWER projects in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Nigeria and India. The training of Trainers course was attended by Nine (9) participants from Kenya, Two(2) participants from Uganda, Three(3) participants from Tanzania, Three(3) participants from Rwanda, Four(4) participants  from Nigeria  and Five(5) participants from India. Of the 26 participants, 16 were female and  10 were male.Click here for a brief on the participants

The Training of trainer’s course on Sustainable Clean Energy Entrepreneurship targeted grassroots valued driven community leaders involved in natural resource management and interested in sustainable clean energy. The course has the following objectives:

  • To instill knowledge and values on linkages among sustainability, clean energy, livelihoods, environment, climate change and gender.
  • To enhance agency and skills in women-led entrepreneurship in sustainable clean energy markets.
  • To develop trainers who can catalyze change, inspire, empower transform and create champions of sustainable clean energy.
  • To equip trainers with knowledge and skills on effective communication and training skill


2ndrow sitted from left:  Solange Impanoyimana, Providence Mavumbi, Paul Thiongo, Shanta Prabhakar, Prof. Stephen Kiama  Director Wangari Maathai Institute, University of Nairobi Kenya, Ms. Wanjira Mathai  wPOWER Project Director Kenya, Trishala Sunil, Jayshri Kadam,Standing from Left;  Juddy Nyagwala, Francine Mukaruberwa, Dr. Mary Njenga, Cynthia Elecius,Lilian Muchungi, Jane Opitto,Upmanyu Shankerao, Angelina Adem, Clement Obayi, Laxmikant Vasantrao, Gerald Wataaka, Blessing Ekanem, Ann Ater, Oforneke Nnamdi, Sarah Mbuya, Soster Kizigha, Njoki Njehu, Jane Karuga, Mary Alice Onyura, Glory Tarimo, Francis Songela, Alice Wanjiru,and Elliot Thomas.

Training of Trainers course is structured into four modules:

  1. Empowering and Developing Transformative Leaders
  2. Sustainable Clean Energy Entrepreneurship,
  3. Environmental Stewardship
  4. Developing and Delivering Content

The module on Empowering and Developing Transformative Leaders provides inspiration and reinforces  transformative and leadership skills. Its meant to motivate trainees to appreciate their role as leaders and as agents of change in the community.

The module on Sustainable Clean Energy Entrepreneurship is a technical module designed to provide clear understanding of the various small-scale home-based technologies while also equipping trainees with the tools and skills for doing business along the sustainable clean energy value chain.

The module on environmental stewardship addresses the role that trainees could play in safeguarding the environment and in unlocking women’s potential as sustainable natural resource managers. It seeks to build skills on environmental governance, climate resilience, forest rehabilitation, the protection of water sources and environmental stewardship.

The module on developing and delivering content is aimed at teaching trainees to develop and deliver content for community transformation.

Training Methodology

The first Training of trainer’s course on Sustainable Clean Energy Entrepreneurship offered by wPOWER Hub at Wangari Maathai Institute was unique for its holistic and experiential focus. It was delivered through a rich mix of training methodologies: it contained lessons that engaged the participants through field excursions , class activities (lectures, exercises), brainstorming, case based group work and individual assigments. The participants also benefited from guest speakers and practioners who reinforced the classroom learning. A selected number of clean energy product producers and suppliers presented their technologies in an open exhibition further giving participants a chance to interrogate the technologies. Some lessons were offered in the field allowing interactions with communities and associated technologies.

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The delivery was multidisciplinary drawing appropriately from diverse fields of expertise. It brought together academic faculty members from the Wangari Maathai Institute; Practioners from different not for profit organizations including the Green Belt Movement, Practical Action, SNV Kenya, World Agroforestry Centre ( ICRAF), Global Alliance for Clean Cook Stoves, Daughters of Mumbi, Global Resource Centre, Amani Institute and Resonate Rwanda.

The training was participatory in nature, a training manual consisting of all four modules was produced and issued to all participants as a basis for facilitation.

The first training of trainers course on sustainable clean energy entrepreneurship report. Click to view and download
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