AFRICA – INDIA EXCHANGE
The wPOWER Hub led a 23-member team to India for the Africa-India exchange program with the aim of exposing the team to the variety of renewable energy options available in India. The program also aimed for members to learn the best practices on clean energy entrepreneurship from Swayam Shikshan Prayog (SSP India) who hosted the exchange SSP is a wPOWER Partner organization that also offers learning and development in order to build platforms and partnerships for grassroots women as leaders and entrepreneurs.
The participants were drawn from the wPOWER Hub Training of Trainers (TOT) program held in Kenya in 2014 and represented Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Nigeria.The nominations were forwarded by the wPOWER hub parners:: Green Belt Movement, Care International, Solar Sister and Women for Women International.
The highlights of the exchange program include a visit to TERI, SSP communities, and the Global Forum.
Visit to The Energy Resources Institute (TERI):
As part of the India-Africa exchange, the team visited TERI Headquarters which is an independent research institute focusing on energy, environment and sustainable development. TERI is also the founder of TERI University and TERI-GRAM among other research centres across the globe, including in Africa. At the University the team visited Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Capacity Building Hub and Solar Lighting Laboratory. The team also got a chance to visit TERI GRAM where they were shown the functioning of improved biogas and gasifiers.
Visit to Swayam Shikshan Prayog (SSP) & The Clean Energy Hub:
Participants visited the SSP Energy Hub. The Hub is an energy experience center that bridges energy market gaps in distribution channels and awareness levels and also addresses the financial constraints to clean energy solutions. The visit presented the participants a chance to see an array of clean energy technologies and learn about the delivery models the Hub uses to deliver technology to the community.
The delegation also had an opportunity to interact with officials from the Government of India to better understand the role that governments play in enabling the renewable energy agenda. During a community meeting, Mrs. Saman Rawat, the CEO Indian Administrative Services (IAS), and Dr. Prashant Narnavere, the District Collector, graced the exchange gathering and voiced their support for the clean energy and environmental sustainability agenda, citing Prof. Wangari Maathai as an inspiration. The workshop allowed for the exchange of information regarding best practices and innovations through discussions between Africa participants and the India women entrepreneurs. The Project Director and the Academic Director planted a tree with the women Sakhis in honor of the late Prof. Wangari Maathai and also to mark Earth Day.
“I learnt a lot and will be sharing with my Ugandan sisters at Solar
Sisters Uganda. I arrived 24 hours after most of you and was quite
sick by then. After 2 days in hospital, I am now back on the road to
promote and sell clean energy technologies. Kindly let me know if we can be of any
service to you.” With thanks. – Hannah Namuyomba ,Participant