Through the framework of the ECREEE-funded “PROMOTION OF ANOMENA IMPROVED LPG STOVES AS A CLEAN ENERGY INITIATIVE FOR COOKING” project, Anomena Ventures and the Gender and Energy Network of Ghana organized a one day advocacy workshop in June to promote the establishment of energy businesses driven by African women entrepreneurs.
The workshop brought together over 40 people, representing producers, distributors and end-users of energy products as well as policy makers, to brainstorm on the challenges and opportunities in the energy sector for women business owners.
Besides increasing consumer awareness on the importance of energy efficiency improvements and the role of women, the workshop created a platform to:
- build the capacity of women entrepreneurs;
- identify specific areas and needs for growth for women entrepreneurs;
- equip women entrepreneurs with the necessary skills to be competitive as producers and suppliers in the energy sector by exposing strategies to initiate and run commercially viable energy projects;
- strengthen local actors working in the renewable energy sector to support government to achieve its renewable energy policy and climate change program goals.
The “promotion of Anomena improved LPG Stoves as a clean energy initiative for cooking” project is a pilot project of the ECREEE-managed ECOWAS Women’s Business Fund which aims to support female entrepreneurs operating in the formal and informal sectors with innovative business ideas to establish or upscale energy businesses.
The ECOWAS Women’s Business Fund is one of the 3 components of the ECOWAS Facility for Gender Mainstreaming in Energy Access (ECOW-GEN Facility), the funding vehicle created for the specific purpose of operationalizing the ECOWAS Policy for Gender Mainstreaming in Energy Access.
The ECOW-GEN Facility is a small grant facility which aims to provide technical and financial support to upscale the deployment of projects that simultaneously promote gender equality and improve energy access in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) region.
Download: Workshop Report
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