Ellen Fisher Award

The EILEEN FISHER Women-Owned Business Grant supports innovative, women-owned companies that are beyond the start-up phase and ready to expand their businesses and their potential for positive social and environmental impact.

In Uganda, an estimated 13,000 people die every year from health issues related to fumes from wood burning cookstoves. At AEST, Betty Ikalany makes energy-saving cookstoves and smoke-free briquettes from agricultural waste–nut shells, charcoal dust and cassava stems. Her products, distributed by women micro-entrepreneurs, reduce deforestation—and the need for women to walk long distances to gather firewood.