Because of poor distribution and high costs, simple household items like rainwater tanks, clean cook stoves, and solar lamps are out of reach to women whose lives depend upon them. Zawadisha is changing this.

When rural Kenyan women living in poverty have access to renewable energy and water, they see a dramatic increase in the quality of their lives. Money historically spent on kerosene lamps is funneled into school fees for children. The six hours spent walking to a river for water or into the forest for fuel wood is instead allocated toward income-generating activities. Women’s status in the home is elevated as they are the ones responsible for the dramatic changes that benefit the entire family.