Key clean energy benefits not reaching rural women, research

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Ashden’s new research into off-grid energy and gender dynamics carried out in Tanzania from 2017 to 2019, found many families cannot afford to power labour-saving appliances of benefit to women – and that account ownership generally lay with men. Key findings include:

  • Most interaction with solar companies, from buying a system to getting training on how to fix it, was done by men.
  • For most women surveyed, access to solar had not created more free time.
  • With many families restricted to limited amounts of energy, women were de-prioritising their own needs over those of other family members.
  • There was high demand from men and women for loans to make appliances affordable.

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