Expanding women's role in Africa's modern off-grid lighting market: enhancing profitability and improving lives

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23 Mar 2012

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Women in Africa are both important beneficiaries and key facilitators of the modern off-grid lighting revolution. Affordable products using technologies like micro-solar power and light-emitting diodes (LEDs) can replace fuel-based lighting – enabling women and men to save money, reduce indoor pollution, and operate their small enterprises with reliable, clean lighting. This article discusses new research from Lighting Africa, in five sub-Saharan African countries. It analyses women's role as both consumers and entrepreneurs and identifies women-specific opportunities in the expanding market for modern off-grid lighting. This article is hosted by our co-publisher Taylor & Francis. For the full table of contents for this and previous issues of this journal, please visit the Gender and Development website.