About 130 female entrepreneurs in Uganda, Rwanda and South Sudan have fought to close the gender gap in their communities by providing solar-powered lighting to rural areas. As the primary consumers of household energy, women are key players in the shift to clean energy, which improves air quality and lowers CO2 emissions. Furthermore, many households in rural parts of Africa spend up to 30% of their monthly income on kerosene. Renewable electricity is lightening this economic burden, which often falls on women’s shoulders. Photo credit: Solar Sister