Social Entrepreneur from Uganda Wins Prestigious Global Fellowship
NAIROBI, KENYA- Katherine Lucey of Uganda has been selected by Ashoka: Innovators for the Public as a member of its global fellowship of leading social entrepreneurs.
Starting with solar lighting in Uganda, Katherine is tackling energy poverty in Africa by mobilizing women as key agents in accelerating the adoption of renewable energy and energy conservation solutions. She is using a micro-consignment model to distribute these products, and in the process has launched a cadre of female micro-entrepreneurs, improved health, reduced household expenses, and made rural women comfortable with technology and the importance of reducing carbon emissions.
Salim Mohamed, Ashoka’s Representative for East Africa, said, “We are very encouraged by Katherine Lucey`s innovative model and we believe that this idea, in Katherine`s hands, is really going to spread throughout East Africa and globally. I think this is particularly encouraging for the rural communities that are currently cut off from the rest of the country.”
Katherine Lucey now joins 50 other Fellows from Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda elected since 2001 and more than 2,700 Ashoka Fellows globally.
Ashoka is the world's leading network of social entrepreneurs – extraordinary changemakers, who find new solutions to social problems; like Muhammad Yunus, who pioneered the microfinance sector. Founded by Bill Drayton in 1980, Ashoka supports social entrepreneurs with stipends, professional support, and/or access to its large network of global peers. Ashoka has to date elected and supported more than 2,700 social entrepreneurs in 70 countries. For more information, please visit www.ashoka.org.