A Christian Aid project – set up to boost women's income and status through the use of clean energy – has received a prestigious Climate Coalition Green Heart Hero Award.
Our EU-funded Breaking the Barriers programme won in the 'overseas inspiration' category at the annual awards ceremony – aimed at celebrating efforts made to protect the 'things we love' from climate change.
The programme helps women in Ethiopia, Malawi, Burkina Faso and Honduras to earn a living through access to solar panels, driers for preserving fish and irrigation systems. It also supports them to make and sell energy-efficient cooking stoves.
The project is aimed at increasing jobs and income for women in rural areas through sustainable energy, and also improving their working and living conditions, boosting their social status and promoting gender equality.
Breaking the Barriers communications advisor Genevieve Lomax says: 'We are so pleased to receive this award on behalf of our partners and programme staff. It recognises that women are central to ensuring meaningful development through sustainable energy.
'We are supporting women to create and own Women’s Led Sustainable Energy Enterprises in some of the poorest and remote off-grid communities. These groups receive training in sustainable energy products and technologies, business skills and can access finance through savings and loans groups.'