Three organisations – four partners – one idea: In November, Green People’s Energy found motivated organisations, such as the association Women Engage for a Common Future (WECF) from Munich, the student cooperative Rwanda-Gilde Louisenlund from Güby in Schleswig-Holstein and the Berliner Energieagentur, which together with four partners in sub-Saharan Africa will follow different paths in the expansion of renewables. They all share the idea that local people can improve their lives with the help of renewable energies.
WECF has been involved in both Ethiopia and Uganda for several years. In Ethiopia, the association wants to launch a gender-equitable energy cooperative in the coffee sector with the Oromia Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union (OCFCU). Together they want to develop a concept for this cooperative with the aim of women playing a leading role in it.
In Uganda, WECF is working with the organisation Action for Rural Women’s Empowerment (ARUWE). Again, the partners want to set up an energy cooperative for the productive use of renewable energies. They see the cooperative as an ideal local multiplier for renewable energy-driven solutions. With this step, the association is expanding the cooperation that has existed since 2017. The aim is, among other things, to qualify women and disseminate basic knowledge about electricity production, financing, and management of renewable energies.
The student cooperative Ruanda-Gilde Louisenlund has also set itself the goal of disseminating knowledge about renewable energies and their diverse applications. Together with their Rwandan partner, the school association “Les Génies” from the village of Ntarama, they want to integrate the topic of renewable energies into the school curriculum. In this way, pupils in the 5th to 7th grades are able to come into contact with these key technologies as early as possible in project-based workshops. The pupils’ cooperative is supported by former teachers who work on a voluntary basis.
Finally, the Berliner Energieagentur – embedded in the city partnership between Berlin and Windhoek – wants to set out together with the Electricity Department of Windhoek to tap the potential of renewable energies for electricity generation. In addition, the partners want to develop the basis for the electrification of areas that are not supplied with electricity. The city of Windhoek will also be supported in improving its energy supply and making it climate neutral. The Electricity Department of Windhoek will receive technical and business advice, especially in the fields of wind power, battery storage and geothermal energy.
All partnerships supported by Green People’s Energy report on their activities here on the website regularly.