I am Anika Jane. I am a Kenyan lady -24 years of age. I work with Green Energy Africa in Kenya. GREEN ENERGY AFRICA is an organization registered as a social enterprise in Kenya to provide affordable and reliable clean energy solutions. Established in the year 2010, GEA specializes in renewable energy systems such as solar and wind which provide electricity without depleting the earth`s limited resources, fostering conservation and combining traditional and alternative energy resources.
I currently head up the CSR component. I have been implementing a program – WEREP; women entrepreneurship in renewable energy. This project has piloted in Makueni and Kajiado counties in Kenya. The project aimed at enhancing environment conservation and women empowerment in energy entrepreneurship. According to the World Bank report 2012, women constitute 50.05 % of the Kenyan population while the 2009 census showed that there are 19.41 Million women in Kenya. Regardless of their numbers, women are mostly deprived of many opportunities and privileges hence being the poorest in society. In some cases the culture does not allow them attain some levels of independence either social or economic. This makes them suffer the brunt of poverty and bear the brunt of inefficient and unsustainable energy services. Rural Kenya’ s connectivity to the national grid is only at 5%. Thus GEA aims to bridge this gap.
I seek to speak at your conference because it provides the platform to tell the story of these women that I dedicate my work and efforts to. I want Africa to be able to bear that as much as policy is important in high powered meetings, it is equally as important to get to the ground and see the impact of the policies we create in the capital. I want to share the struggles of the the rural woman and how we can incorporate them in the fight to preserve the environment. I also hope to learn from other speakers and other participants in the conference. I would really be grateful for this opportunity.
Blogpost, video and photo submitted by Anika Jane (Kenya) – jenneanika(at)yahoo.com
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