On 25th April a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal and a second major earthquake occurred on 12th May. In the five months since the earthquakes, we’ve been working tirelessly to empower women to become business leaders and bring clean energy to Nepal.
The positive feedback from the community shows that our work is truly making a difference. This is our impact:
Project Sol – earthquake response overview
As soon as the first earthquake struck we got to work helping the best way we could. We immediately donated the inventory we had in Nepal and, as a 501c(3) non-profit Empower Generation launched a campaign to fund the cost of giving away solar lights and mobile chargers to earthquake survivors.
Our first woman-led business in Nepal, Kalpavriksha Greater Goods (KGG) was essential to our effective response. KGG, a for-profit business led by pilot entrepreneur Sita Adhikari (also employed as Empower Generation’s Country Director), facilitated the efficient import and access to all of the solar products we donated. KGG also sold lights to other relief organizations to support their emergency response work.
In the ensuing five months, we have brought clean light and mobile charging to over 72,000 people, started another woman-led energy business, and trained more than 40 new solar sales agents.
With the emergency donation campaign coming to a close, Empower Generation will now revert back to our regular program: empowering local women to distribute energy solutions.
The natural disaster has proved, more than ever, that empowering local people to lead solutions brings resilience and long-term positive change, avoiding the cycle of reliance created through ongoing handouts.
In the press
Hear Sita Adhikari (Country Director) in a 15-minute podcast with Turtle Talks, a dialogue to accelerate positive change in the world.
Read the inspirational earthquake response stories of Kala Katiwada (our newest entrepreneur in Dhading) and Chanchala Dhakal (Program Coordinator) via Huffington Post.
Project Sol gained coverage in Nepal with articles in Kantipur Daily Newspaper, Nuwakot Newspaper and Trishuli Khabar Saptahik Newspaper. It’s great to see local recognition and understanding of the value of local, women-led activities in rural Nepal.
Special thanks to these institutional partners for their involvement in Project Sol
- Kopernik – provided solar lights and water filters
- Omidyar Network – provided solar lights and home systems to INGOs and NGOs
- SolarCity GivePower Foundation – provided solar home systems to schools without power.
An extra thank you to these incredible supporters
Looking ahead we will remain focused on building a more resilient Nepal, by creating economic opportunities for marginalized women and promoting the sustainable adoption of solar power in remote communities, for a cleaner, safer, and more reliable energy future.
Photos of our work
Harnessing technology to bring relief
The Gham Power map was part of our work to coordinate with other organizations in the earthquake response, and to effectively identify and assess the needs of communities requiring light and power.
Empower Generation operates as a non-profit social business and is registered as a Section 501(c)(3) public charity in the United States. If no goods or services are provided in exchange for your donation, it may qualify as a charitable deduction for United States federal income tax purposes to the full extent otherwise allowed by law. We advise you to consult with your tax advisers or the IRS. Our TAX ID is: 45-2610872