The wPOWER project saw the launch of a wPOWER hub at the Wangari Maathai Institute. Founded in 2013, The wPOWER Hub aimed at reducing the adverse effects of household energy use by encouraging families to switch to cleaner, more efficient technologies. The Hub worked mainly to unlock the largely untapped potential of women and women’s groups to help fill the “last mile” gap in the supply chain to reach areas lacking energy access. It equipped them with leadership, empowerment, entrepreneurship and natural resource management skills to facilitate community transformation. The wPOWER Hub supported initiatives in all areas around clean energy, especially through research and training on sustainable clean energy entrepreneurship. The Hub sought to contribute efforts towards improving the adoption of clean energy technologies among grassroots women in Africa and India hence empowering them to be clean energy entrepreneurs and environmental stewards.
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