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WOMEN ARE CHANGING THE HOUSEHOLD ENERGY SECTOR

  Meet Betty Ikalany. Betty is the founder and CEO of AEST, a social enterprise that is creating transformational job opportunities for women in Uganda. Through the Alliance’s Women’s Empowerment Fund, Betty and AEST expanded production capacity, purchased new machinery, and strengthened their distribution network by training 55 new micro-entrepreneurs. Together, we created new jobs […]

Uganda Innovator & Clean Energy Champion

Founder and CEO of the Teso Women Development Initiatives (TEWDI), community organizer, clean energy champion, IDIN Network member, and single mother of two children, Betty Ikalany has her hands full. Betty grew up and lives in Soroti District in Northeastern Uganda where she found her passion for working with and for people living poverty. This […]

Saving Forests, Supporting Women

In Uganda, Betty Ikalany of Appropriate Energy Saving Technology makes cooking briquettes from a agricultural wastes so that women don’t have to walk long distances for firewood.

Lessons from Three Social Entrepreneurs

The panel, “From Idea to Impact: Lessons from Three Social Entrepreneurs” included (from left): Donna Brezinski, founder and CEO of Little Sparrows Technology; Khanjan Mehta, founding director of the Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship (HESE) Program; Betty Ikalany, founder and director of Appropriate Energy Saving Technologies; and MIT alumna Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola MBA ’12, founder and […]

Ugandan develops cooking fuel to save trees

Firewood and charcoal is used by 97 per cent of Ugandans for cooking. Such demand has led to huge swathes of Uganda’s forests being cut down. In addition, the smoke from burning this fuel in poorly ventilated homes often leads to respiratory problems.   After studying for a master’s degree in development studies, Betty Ikalany returned home […]

UGANDA INNOVATOR & CLEAN ENERGY CHAMPION

Founder and CEO of the Teso Women Development Initiatives (TEWDI), community organizer, clean energy champion, IDIN Network member, and single mother of two children, Betty Ikalany has her hands full. Betty grew up and lives in Soroti District in Northeastern Uganda where she found her passion for working with and for people living poverty. This […]

Never Stop Learning

In July 2015, I was honored to lead a delegation of enthusiastic Zambians to Uganda for knowledge sharing. We arrived in Kampala, Uganda expecting to see and learn more about the active sector of briquetting and cook stove production. I considered it a privilege to be part of a team of three Zambian knowledge scouts […]