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Women are playing a significant role in reaching energy services to the poorest and difficult to reach customers, who would never gain access to modern energy otherwise, thereby making a contribution to the agenda of reaching energy access to all. Encouraging women to become energy entrepreneurs offers multiple development benefits, such as an expansion of economic activities for women, a diversification of productive options and the creation of new sources of wealth and income to support family investments in education and health. ENERGIA’s Women’s Economic Empowerment programme runs from 2014 to 2017, and is aimed at scaling up proven business models that will strengthen capacity of 3000 women led micro and small enterprises (MSEs) to deliver energy products and services to more than two million consumers. ENERGIA provides funding and technical support to partner organisations in Africa and Asia, who work with MSEs run by women, building their capacities through business development trainings, hand held support and technical assistance.
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