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Energy access plays a significant role in lives and livelihoods of informal economy women workers. SEWA Bharat is part of the Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) movement. Established in 1984, SEWA organisations consist of women working in the informal economy (street vendors, domestic workers, construction workers, agricultural labourers, home-based workers). The SEWA Savera programme, implemented by SEWA Bharat, has led to increased adoption of decentralised renewable energy systems among lower income households in rural and urban areas in two districts of Bihar, India. The focus area of intervention is to address challenges emerging from awareness, affordability, and reliability of energy access and the interventions have led to increases in income of women workers and reduction of household energy expenditure. Women’s roles as endusers, service providers, entrepreneurs and leaders have been leveraged in the intervention. Innovative methods of ‘door step’ financing, service delivery and technology has been incorporated. The process, model and ecosystem created over the years through the intervention is a step towards the creation of energy enterprise of women workers.
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