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Nigerian women empowerment scheme awarded at WEF

04 June 2015, 16:20

advocate, Katherine Lucy, has been named the joint-African Social Entrepreneur of the Year for steering projects that empower women in Nigeria, among African countries.

She has been honoured at the ongoing World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa for her successful Solar Sister project, which has made an impact in Nigeria, Uganda and Tanzania.

Solar Sister eradicates energy poverty by empowering women with economic opportunities.

It combines the breakthrough potential of clean energy technology with a deliberately woman-centered direct sales network to bring light, hope and opportunity to even the most remote communities in rural communities in the three African countries.

Since 2009, the company has created over 1 000 Solar Sister Entrepreneurs, helping over 300 000 people in Nigeria, Uganda and Tanzania and Nigeria.

More than 90 percent of the income generated by a Solar Sister Entrepreneur is reinvested into women’s family, improving their lives and providing benefits for the next generation.

Also read: Local oil firm gets global nomination at WEF

Meanwhile, five social entrepreneurs were on Thursday named Africa Social Entrepreneurs of the Year at the WEF on Africa taking place in Cape Town, South Africa.

Besides Lucy, other entrepreneurs recognised are John Sargent and Ernest Darkoh (BroadReach Healthcare, South Africa), Christie Peacock, (Sidai Africa, Kenya), and Sharanjeet Shan (Maths Centre Incorporating Sciences, South Africa).

Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship conferred the awards during the opening plenary session in the presence of several heads of state from the region.

“Social entrepreneurs are an integral community of the World Economic Forum and an increasingly sought-after one,” said Hilde Schwab, Chairperson and Co-Founder of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, the sister organization of the WEF.

The Schwab Foundation, co-founded by Klaus and Hilde Schwab in 1998, manages the largest network of late-stage social enterprises in the world, more than 320 organizations with operations in 70 countries.

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