WASHINGTON, D.C., and Nairobi, Kenya, (May 19, 2022)
“If you want to go fast, go alone; but if you want to go far, go together.” — African proverb.
E&C Consultants' partner Solar Sister, Inc. and LivelyHoods Kenya announce their merger to bring economic opportunity and clean energy to millions of people in sub-Saharan Africa. The merger of these two award-winning social enterprises is effective immediately and combines Solar Sister’s operations in Nigeria and Tanzania, with LivelyHoods’ network in Kenya. The move, rare in the social enterprise sector, builds on the successes of the two organizations to drive impact in the three most important issues of our time: gender equity, climate justice, and energy access.
Solar Sister and LivelyHoods bring life-transforming clean energy products to underserved households in low resource communities in sub-Saharan Africa. Using market-based social enterprise models that deliver energy access, economic opportunity, and climate solutions, both organizations have carved out leadership positions in their respective markets. Founded in 2009 and 2011 respectively, the two organizations share a mission of ensuring that no one is left behind in the clean energy transition.
“This merger represents the kind of collaboration and unity of effort that it will take to address the world’s greatest challenges, such as job creation, economic empowerment, and access to clean and affordable energy, that both of our organizations have been working on for more than a decade,” said Tania Laden, Co-Founder and Executive Director LivelyHoods.
This merger validates an innovative approach that translates and scales across cultures and contexts. Expanding into the Kenyan market accelerates Solar Sister’s commitment to expand impact across sub-Saharan Africa building on the strength of its model of women entrepreneurs selling solar lights and clean cookstoves to family, friends, and neighbors.