Rural Women Energy Security

The RUWES Initiative intends to enhance individual, government and private sector efforts to improve access to energy, empower women, protect environment and reduce SLCPs by:

  • creating awareness and sensitization campaigns in the rural communities on the need to reduce black carbon emission and adopt cleaner technologies via road walks, campaigns, symposiums, product demonstrations, etc.
  • reducing premature death rates due to black carbon inhalation while enhancing personal health and physical environment.
  • establishing viable markets and sustainable supply chains for improved and clean energy technologies.
  • creating sources of income and serving as a means of poverty alleviation by providing energy for homes and small businesses.
  • creating access to finance for rural business incubation and entrepreneurship.
  • improving Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) for rural women and their communities Providing Climate Smart Agriculture technologies.
  • developing the capacity of the rural woman through skills acquisition and training. The RUWES training school serves as a platform for achieving this objective. At the training school selected illiterate and semi-literate rural women learn how to convert waste to fuel such as briquette and biogas for cooking and heating, as well as acquire skills on assembly, repairs, maintenance, sales and distribution of solar lanterns, clean cookstoves and other clean energy products.
  • establishment of a multidisciplinary leading centre of excellence in Black Carbon Testing, Conduct of cutting-edge research and development (R&D); and Skillacquisition or man-power training in the clean energy sector throughout the Sub-Saharan African region.
  • phasing out kerosene and oil lamps, and the traditional three-stone-fire in rural communities and position Nigeria as a reference point for renewable energy technologies;
  • providing 20 million clean cookstoves across the six-geopolitical zones in the country by the year 2020;
  • cultivating fast growing trees in the frontline States to combat desert encroachment and water scarcity
  • collaborative deployment of innovative low-cost phone-sensor based concentration measurement for black carbon emissions from cookstoves; and also, cookstove usage, with the aim of integrating these cookstove usage and quantity or type of emissions with the carbon market to enrich the underserved poor rural women and their households.