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Solar revolution creates job opportunities for rural women in sub-Saharan Africa


Operating the off-grid solar industry’s largest pay-as-you-go business, Greenlight Planet has created a network of over 5500 commission sales agents across sub-Saharan Africa. These agents, also known as ‘Sun King Energy Officers’ are most often customers who have turned into sales agents to make an additional income by selling and servicing Sun King products within their communities. Nearly 40% of the commission sales agents that sell and service the company’s Sun King solar products to the underserved communities in sub- Saharan Africa are women.

As mentioned in the Powering Jobs Census 2019, published by Power For All, women’s participation in the workforce is a critical issue for emerging economies. Women are more likely than men to be unemployed in most parts of the world. Across sub-Saharan Africa, the unemployment rate for women is 6.2% while for men it is 5.6%. Greenlight Planet delivers clean, affordable energy across the continent thereby contributing to SDG 7 as well as SDG 5 and SDG 8.


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