Today, Liz talks with Katherine Lucey, The Solar Sister. How does a bored housewife from Maine go on to empower 6,000 African women to light up 2M households? Katherine Lucey was a Wall Street banker who took a few years off to be with her kids. At one point, they told her she didn’t have enough to do, so she found an organization in Uganda that combined her knowledge of microfinance and energy with a passion for empowering women. Solar Sister, a social benefit company, trains women to sell small, energy efficient, inexpensive solar powered lanterns throughout their rural villages.
Ten years and 2 million lights later, Katherine was recently recognized for her impact by Fortune, becoming part of the Fortune 50 over 50 Impact list. But with over 600M households still needing light, Katherine has lots more to do. Join Liz for this inspiring conversation with Katherine Lucey.
2:00 The 50 over 50 award
5:00 Taking a break from investment banking
7:30 Solar installations in Uganda
13:00 The Solar Sister model
14:00 The Mother’s Union
18:00 2 million lights in Africa
20:30 Building financial inclusion
25:30 The impact of climate change
27:30 Working in Africa
You can connect with Katherine on LinkedIn. Learn more about the important work Solar Sister is championing on their website.
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