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Women Empowerment for Solar Electrification of Rural Villages (Solar Mamas – WeServ)

Thursday, 25 June 2015 12:15 Written by 
  • Location(s): Jordan
  • Type(s): Solution
  • Theme(s): Rural Development, Women Empowerment
  • SDG(s): 5. Gender Equality
  • Locations in the Arab States: Jordan
  • Types in the Arab States: Solution
  • Themes in the Arab States: Rural Development, Women Empowerment
  • SDGs in the Arab States: 5. Gender Equality

The Project was initiated in Gayyath Village in Eastern Desert with an aim to offer the eco-friendly form of energy use to local communities by educating rural women on assembly, installation, and maintenance of solar PV systems.

The setup of a Solar energy training cooperative and the establishment of a solar workshop in their village offers job opportunities for the women villagers and provide a means to improve their lives. 

The project has trained two women-trainers on solar electrification in Barefoot College in India to enable them to provide trainings to other women in the village and 20 women from the village on building, assembling and maintaining solar PV systems to produce devices using solar energy.

In addition, illiterate and semi-literate women have gained skills in basic management, accounting, warehousing and inventory (stocks) and marketing and sales which enabled them to provide services to the community, have a sustainable income and improve own lives and lives of their families and therefore, contribute to a sustainable development of their community. 

Due to the changes brought by empowered women with a use of the modern technology the rural Jordanian Bedouin community has rising out of poverty to the dignified life.


Barefoot College (india), UN-Women, the Jordanian Friends of Environment and the Ministry of Environment of Jordan

Contact details: 
Mr. Basel Burgan - President - Jordanian Friends of Environment
Tel: +962-79-5583038
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