EG grew from the passions of its co-founders.

Anya was looking to offer sustainable employment to women otherwise vulnerable to slavery while Bennett was thinking about how to enable the widespread adoption of clean energy in developing countries.

When Anya and Bennett met Sita in Nepal, together they identified a tremendous opportunity to create gender and energy paradigm shifts by empowering women to become clean energy entrepreneurs.



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annual reports

2016 Annual Report →  2016 Form 990 →

2015 Annual Report →  2015 Form 990

2014 Annual Report →  2014 Form 990

2013 Annual Report →  2013 Form 990 →

monitoring and evaluation report

2015 Monitoring & Evaluation Report

meet our team

Anya Cherneff
Anya CherneffCo-Founder + Executive Director, U.S.
Masters Human Rights (University of Denver), BA Anthropology (Columbia University). After fighting human trafficking and modern slavery for over five years, Anya decided to try a market-based approach to gender and development. Her experience includes Founder and Associate Director of the Human Trafficking Clinic and a Princeton-in-Asia fellow in Malaysia.
Quirk: “I’m also known as the Bonz!”
Sita Adhikari
Sita AdhikariCo-Founder + Country Director, Nepal
Masters Economics (Tribhuvan University), BA Commerce (Sahid Smriti College). While working as our first entrepreneur Sita decided she wanted to extend opportunities to women around Nepal. Sita believes women can increase their social value by becoming economically productive and independent.
Quirk: “I always thought a Holstein was a cross between a cow and a horse!”
Abhilasha Poudel
Abhilasha PoudelDeputy Program Manager, Nepal
Masters Business Administration (Purvanchal University), Bachelors Computer Information System Pokhara University). Her interest lies in developing entrepreneurs and promoting alternative energy. Her role supports and helps the women of rural areas become successful entrepreneurs and she has experience in training and development in the NGO sector.
Quirk: “I have an appetite for books especially mysteries and thrillers.”
Rajendra Man Karki
Rajendra Man KarkiField Mobilizer, Nepal
Intermediate in Economics. As a Field Mobiliser, Rajendra’s major task is to assist entrepreneurs and sales agents in successful operation of their business. Rajendra loves to see an increase in the level of income for women and enjoys working toward the outcome.
Quirk: “My daughter complains I snore loud while sleeping. She avoids sleeping anywhere near me!”

our board

our advisory board

Lisa Cagnolatti, VP Customer Service Operations, Southern California Edison

Dave Chen, CEO, Jade Sky Technologies

Eric M. Clare, Managing Partner, Digital Concepts 2.0

Nancy Y. Lin, Program Director, Impact Capital, Miller Center for Entrepreneurship

Nancy Schwartz Sternoff, Principal, G&S Consultants

awards and recognition

Hogan Lovell Community Solar Innovation AwardHogan Lovell Solar AwardAshden Award Winner 2017Ashdon Award Winner 2017D-Prize Winner 2016D-Prize WinnerTory Burch Foundation, Fellows Competition Finalist 2016Tory Burch
Harvard Business School New Venture Competition, Northwest Regional Winner 2015harvardSOCAP, Scholarship 2015SoCap newSanta Clara University, Global Social Benefit Institute Fellowship 2015gsbiC3E, International Award for Women Advancing Clean Energy Winner 2015c3e
TEDx Zurich, Speaker 2014tedXC3E, International Award for Women Advancing Clean Energy Finalist 2014c3eKaterva, Accelerating the Future Finalist 2013katervaUN Women Singapore, Project Inspire Finalist 2013project inspire
EIT Climate KIC, Stage 1 Fellowship 2013eitEchoing Green, Semi-Finalist 2013echoing greenTechnical University of Delft, Sustainable Business Competition Winner 2012tu delftTechnical University of Delft, Starting New Ventures Competition Winner 2012tu delft


ImpactAlpha, 2018, Pollinate Energy and Empower Generation merge to scale energy access

Impakter, 2018, The Sisterhood is Rising: A series of stories of women empowering other women

Energy Access Practioner Network, 2018, Spotlight Interview – Sita Adhikari

Medium, 2018, Women are leading the energy revolution in Nepal

Online Khabar, 2018, How a hyperlocal business is lighting up lives of thousands of women in Nepal

Green.it, 2018, Nepal has Light, Thanks to its Women

Impakter, 2017, Empowering Women to Power the World

WPOWER Partnership on Women’s Entrepreneurship in Renewables, 2017, Partner Spotlight: Empower Generation

Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment, 2017, Small Businesses: An Approach to Addressing Energy Access and Gender Inequality 

Climate News Network, 2017, Women take control of solar revolution

Daily Mail UK, 2017, Village women transform into clean energy entrepreneurs in Nepal initiative

New Internationalist, 2017, Nepalese Women Defying Patriarchy

Sea Change, 2017, Anya Cherneff + Moira Hanes: Empowering A Generation

The Third Pole, 2017, Woman led company wins award for lighting up Nepal

Climate Change News, 2017, ‘Bad-ass business women’ bring solar empowerment to Nepal

CleanTechnica, 2017, Clean Energy Training & Solar Comes to Nepal UNESCO Heritage Site

Wild Lens, 2017, Empowering the Protectors of Chitwan National Park in Nepal

EcoWatch.com, 2017, Incredible Collaboration Empowers Villagers to Go Solar, Save Wildlife

The Revelator, 2017, Solar Power in Nepal: Protecting Wildlife, Empowering Women

The Green Economy, 2017, Bufferzone Movie

Josef Korbel School Newsletter, Spring 2017, Alumni Spotlight – Anya Cherneff

Conscious Company Magazine, 2016, CEOs Don’t Get Sex-Trafficked

Demand, ASME Global Development Review, 2016, Engendering Value in Clean Energy

The Huffington Post, 2016, One year after the Nepal earthquakes it’s still a dark reality for remote communities

Asia Environmental Governance Blog, 2016, Social Entrepreneurship In Nepal And The Use Of Alternatives To Empower Its Most Valuable Resources: Women

Santa Clara University Magazine, 2015, Light in Nepal

Business Standard, 2015, Faith in humanity restored: The socially-conscious start-ups of 2015

Devex Impact, 2015, How social entrepreneurs can bolster climate resilience

Youth4SDGs, 2015, Anya Highlighted in Campaign

Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship, 2015, Empower Generation helps turn the lights back on in Nepal

CNN, 2015, Help victims of the Nepal earthquake

The Huffington Post, 2015, The Best Way to Rebuild Nepal? Support Local Women

Fox 6, 2015, Two earthquakes in less than three weeks: Here’s how you can help those in Nepal

Chivas – The Venture, 2015, In Nepal’s darkest hour, these entrepreneurs are bringing light

Planson, 2015, Empower Generation: Supporting Nepal Today and Tomorrow with Solar Energy

Effect, 2015, Young leading innovators reshaping Europe’s future

Tech in Asia, 2015, Using clean energy, this organization is empowering women and poor alike in Nepal

My Jewish Learning, 2014, Can Daylight Savings Shed Light on Energy Poverty?

Shell – The Colours of Energy, Essays on the Future of Our Energy System, 2014, Empowering Women to Power the World

Tunza Eco Generation, 2013, Every step counts for change

Waka Waka, 2013, SMEs Focus Means a Bigger Impact for Empower Generation

Scientific American, 2013, Entrepreneurs are bringing light to Nepal – and you

Rocky Mountain Institute, 2013, Bringing Solar Light to the Energy Poor

The Huffington Post, 2013, An Enlightening Business Opportunity
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