Kenyan women seek more say in solving energy problems

Women carry firewood from Lower Imenti forest in Meru. Women leaders have resolved to form a new lobby to champion their right to access alternative energy sources that improve lives while reducing costs. PHOTO | PHOEBE OKALL | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Practical Action has in the past empowered women to form 700 self-help groups.
  • The groups have manufactured biomass briquette, solar and improved cooking stoves benefitting 495,000 people in seven Kenyan counties.
  • Allowing women to make decisions on matters energy has unlocked new energy businesses.

Women meeting to celebrate the International Women’s Day have resolved to form a new lobby to champion their right to access alternative energy sources that improve lives while reducing costs.

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