The partnership will promote Women's Critical Role in Clean Energy Solutions to Climate Change.


The Partnership on Women’s Entrepreneurship in Renewables (wPOWER) was launched in January 2013. wPOWER 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. To reach this goal, the Department of State and USAID have 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.

Globally, more than 1.3 billion people lack access to electricity, and at least 2.7 billion people lack access to clean cookstoves and fuels. While not the primary source of climate pollution, inefficient lighting and cooking contribute to climate change and the degradation of natural resources. In off-grid communities, women are the primary users of clean technologies like solar lamps and clean cookstoves and are at the forefront of adopting the use of new technologies. wPOWER is working to unlock this largely untapped potential of women and women's groups to help fill the “last mile” gap in the supply chain to reach areas lacking energy access.


  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

    Funding Agencies
    United States | Staff size: Unknown

    USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential.

    U.S. foreign assistance has...

  • United States Department of State (DOS)

    United States | Staff size: 10,000+

    The United States Department of State (DoS) is the United States federal executive department responsible for international relations of the United States. The Department was created in 1789 and...

  • MacArthur Foundation

    United States | Staff size: Unknown

    Implementing NGO
    United States | Staff size: 10,000+

    CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. They place special focus on working alongside poor women because, equipped with the proper resources, women have the power to...

  • Solar Sister

    Implementing NGO
    Uganda | Staff size: 6-25

    Solar Sister is a social enterprise that provides women with training and support to create solar micro-businesses, providing much needed household income for the women, and much needed light...

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Key Information

  • Start Date 2013