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Solar Energy Empowers Women to Work After Dark

Solar energy, a cheap power alternative to the vast population in sub-Saharan Africa with no access to electricity, has economically empowered the women entrepreneurs in Tanzania who work even after night falls.

In Bunambiyu, a village in the northern region of East Africa’s second largest economy, solar-powered lanterns have greatly improved the social-economic lives of the rural population.

“Solar energy has entirely changed my life. I use it at work and at home, yet it does not cost me anything. I often wake up at night to work because I need the money to support my family,” Reuters quoted Elizabeth Julius, who owns a tailoring shop.

Three years ago, Julius took a $500 bank loan and bought solar powered lanterns which she sold.

James Mann

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