Nyakato Margret, Clean Energy Technology in Rural Uganda
Nyakato Margret is the co-founder of the Action for Rural Womens’ Development Foundation (ARWDF), a female-run, non-profit founded in 2009 to promote equality in education, economic empowerment, public health, and environmental conservation in communities throughout Uganda’s Kasese District.
As local populations have grown in the Kasese District, the demand for wood fuel has far exceeded the available supply, resulting in widespread deforestation and high prices. To make matters worse, the region’s high poverty rates have created a situation where it’s easier for many residents to get food than the firewood they need to cook it.
In ARWDF’s newest initiative, Nyakato is providing residents from Kidodo village with sustainable energy solutions in the form of solar power and energy-saving cooking stoves.
Over the course of the next 12 months, Nyakato will provide affordable solar paneling to impoverished women and children from Kidodo, as well as training local women on the manufacture and marketing of fuel efficient stoves. The money that ARWDF makes from the sale of solar panels and stoves will be used to support village children’s education.
For more information, please visit ARWDF’s website.
GRANT AWARD DATE: October 24, 2015