Power Africa Partners U.S. African Development Foundation and GE Announce Women in Energy Challenge Winners in Uganda

The United States African Development Foundation (USADF), in collaboration with Power Africa and General Electric (GE), is proud to announce the winners of the 2017 Women in Energy Challenge in Uganda, where only 20% of the population is connected to electricity. Joint Energy and Environments Projects (JEEP) and Conservation and Development Uganda Limited (CODE) will each be awarded a grant of $100,000 to expand their renewable energy enterprises to reach women beneficiaries. Dr. Maria Bawabya Senkezi, JEEP's Chairwoman, says investing in women entrepreneurs is critical because 'women invest money back into the community.

The Women in Energy Challenge, part of the Off-Grid Energy Challenge, was launched in 2016 by USADF and GE to identify and accelerate enterprises either led by women or benefitting women, and help African entrepreneurs compete in the global economy. The Off-Grid Energy Challenge is a part of Power Africa's Beyond the Grid initiative, which aims to drive private investment in off-grid and small-scale renewable energy solutions. By funding energy entrepreneurs, USADF is bridging the energy gap for some of Uganda's most vulnerable populations.

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