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.