Solar Energy Empowers Women

Solar power — By Amy on August 29, 2008 at 9:40 am

I have a tough life. I often think being a suburban mom of three is the most difficult job in the world. My job has,in fact, sent a good many women running to their doctors for a hefty dose of Prozac and a few others to the bottle hiding in a high kitchen cabinet. You know what gives me some perspective when I’m feeling like mommy-hood is killing me? Women in countries like Darfur. Women who press on, putting their lives in jeopardy for the sake of their families. Surprisingly, solar energy is helping them live a safer life.

Hey, it turns out my life isn’t so tough after all.

In Darfur, the simple task of collecting fire wood is dangerous. Women risk being beaten, raped or abducted while completing this essential daily chore. Without fire wood, they cannot cook for their family.

This video features highlights from a workshop that was held in Darfur to teach men and women from various villages the tasks of using a solar energy oven. Organizers provided training and watched their students excitement as traditional meals were cooked by the solar energy. Students then returned to their small villages and shared their new found skills with their neighbors. Meals are now provided for their families without the risk, thanks to the clean solar energy ovens.

Not being much of a cook, I found this all pretty amazing. Solar energy in it’s simplest forms has been around for centuries. Putting it to use in daily life may seem challenging in our modern world, but not for these villagers!
See how they made a solar cooker out of a common household water pot.

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