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SMILING THROUGH LIGHT LAUNCHES OPERATIONS IN SIERRA LEONE

The lack of modern energy affects almost a third of the world population. Women make up a significant part of this demographic. Smiling Through Light focuses on clean energy access. We work with a network of women to provide clean, reliable and sustainable energy in Sierra Leone and Africa more widely through the sales of solar products. By setting up distribution networks and supporting small female-run businesses, the company helps communities access safe, clean light technology, whilst simultaneously creating employment and income opportunities.

We are proud of our brand and we are looking for motivated candidates that will be committed to Smiling Through Light's mission of creating energy access for everyone. We have received recognition from various international bodies and we are bold in our approach to be at the forefront of the solar revolution to transform the lives of millions of women and girls. Our aim is to become a leader in this arena not just in Sierra Leone, but in Africa and globally.

This is an exciting time for Smiling Through Light as the company rolls out its operations in Sierra Leone. We are looking for motivated and committed individuals to join us and help us to deliver our ambitious mission and goals.

We are currently recruiting for the following positions listed below:

General Manager (Freetown, Sierra Leone)

National Sales Manager (Freetown, Sierra Leone)

Project Assistant (Freetown, Sierra Leone)

2 x Area Sales Manager (Kamakwie & Lunsar)

4 x Sales Agents (Kamakwie & Lunsar)

Compensation

A competitive salary and benefits package commensurate with experience.

How to apply

Interested candidates should visit our website https://www.smilingthroughlight.com/news/ for more information and job descriptions for the different roles. Please send a copy of your CV and cover letter to info@smilingthroughlight.org indicating the position and location in the subject. All applications should be submitted on or before 30th September 2018. Interviews will be conducted and only successful candidates will be contacted.

We thank you in advance for your interest and we look forward to receiving your application.

SEforAll Forum 2018

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Smiling Through Light will be attending the 2018 Sustainable Energy for All (SEforAll) Forum to highlight the energy needs of women and communities in Sierra Leone. We will be advocating for women-inclusive solutions to energy access and to increase energy access in West Africa.

SEforAll Forum 2018 Lisbon 2-3 May

The UN's Sustainable Energy for All initiative (SEforAll) has been instrumental in elevating the status of energy access globally. Since SE4All's inception in 2012, it has pushed for universal energy access to be achieved. This year's forum will bring together government, business, civil society and international organisations working towards clean energy access. With the theme 'Leaving No One Behind' discussions will be held around accelerating progress on global sustainable energy goals and closing energy gaps especially for 'last mile' populations.

Smiling Through Light's key messages

This week, we will be in Lisbon talking all thing energy access for women and last mile populations in Sierra Leone. This includes advocating for:

·         Women inclusive solutions to energy access;

·         Increase energy access support in West Africa;

·         Appropriate finance options for women and energy access businesses in West Africa;

·         Inclusive and gender-sensitive approaches to energy planning, financing and programming.

Smiling Through Light's participation

In order to ensure the needs and priorities of energy-poor communities in Sierra Leone are heard, we will be attending different sessions at the Forum.

·         2nd-3rd May 8.00-18.00, attending the plenary and partner working sessions

·         4th May 12.00-17.00, SEforAll People Centered Accelerator Update (closed workshop)

Look forward to seeing you all there......

 

Smiling Through Light Launches New Interactive Website

After months of planning and developing new content, we are delighted to finally announce the launch of our brand new website. Smiling Through Light focuses on clean energy access. We work with a network of women to provide clean, reliable & sustainable energy in Sierra Leone and Africa more widely through the sales of solar products. Beam Talks is Smiling Through Light's UK initiative which aims to inspire young women by highlighting different job sectors amongst Sierra Leoneans in the UK. It showcases the diverse career routes taken by Sierra Leonean women living in the UK. The event provides a space where role models can discuss their achievements, experiences and challenges with a new generation of change-makers.

Our new website will enable us to better tell the story of Smiling Through Light and to showcase some great examples of the work we do. The site will more accurately reflect our goals and will contain exciting and interesting content from all of us. Developing this new site has also helped us to hone the organisation's vision, objectives, values and journey – see for yourself, here. We will be sharing content from female entrepreneurs and exploring the challenges to women starting, growing or scaling a business.

We will be adding to our blog regularly to keep you up to date with all the new things happening at Smiling Through Light as well as regular articles about topics on clean energy access which is at the heart of our work. We also hope the new website will help us to better collaborate with our partners on the things we are most passionate about; sharing our perspective and generating debate on closing the energy gaps for women solar entrepreneurs and 'last mile' populations.

Take the time to explore our new site and get in contact if you have any questions about Smiling Through Light and the work we do. We hope you like our new website....we certainly do!

SEforALL People-Centered Accelerator

WOMEN ARE HELPING DRIVE THE CHANGE WE NEED IN THE ENERGY SECTOR – BUT WE MUST SUPPORT THEM TO GO FURTHER, FASTER

By Fiona Messent, Finance Specialist, SE4ALL

This blog post is part of a series Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) is running throughout March related to our work and partners from the People-Centered Accelerator. The series has been timed to coincide with International Women’s Day on March 8, 2018.

“When we think about the faces of energy poverty, the poorest in society, and particularly women, come to mind. That’s because they make up the majority of the 1 billion people who don’t have access to electricity and the over 3 billion people who don’t have access to clean cooking solutions.

This must change.

That’s why, for the past 18 months, Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) has been leading the development of a global partnership platform – the People-Centered Accelerator.

The Accelerator aims to advance gender equality, social inclusion and women’s empowerment in sustainable energy. By focusing on these areas, the Accelerator and its partners from across government, industry, and civil society, are helping ensure that we put people at the center of energy decisions. We must reach the furthest first if we are to ensure affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all by 2030.

By having better data, by working together, by forming new partnerships and by unlocking finance – all core aims of the People-Centered Accelerator – we can have a much more strategic impact on energy access for those who need it the most, and ultimately, change people’s perception of women’s role in energy.

If we’re to do this, we need more women as clients and consumers of new integrated energy systems. We need their insights to be heard and channeled into the design of solutions. We need more women to be the innovators and entrepreneurs in their communities. We need more women in the management and leadership of energy companies.

By enabling this and allowing women to become part of the solution, women move from being the face of energy poverty, to the face of the energy sector.

For women to prosper, be successful business owners or effective village leaders, we need to secure affordable, reliable and clean energy supplies that can sustain economic activity.

Unsurprisingly, therefore, it is women who are working hard to drive creative and innovative solutions at the speed and scale we need to end energy poverty by putting those who are furthest, first.

The People-Centered Accelerator has bought together a diverse group of like-minded partners who are committed to working together to accelerate action that puts people at the center of energy decisions and ensures no one is left behind in the energy transition.

The Accelerator helps showcase the many organizations already engaged in meaningful work on gender equality, social inclusion and women’s empowerment in sustainable energy. It is a place where we can come together to develop evidence and knowledge, leverage new partnerships and deliver energy services that are fit for the future. It is a place to generate the speed and scale of action on energy access and gender equality that we need. It is a space where together, we can go further, faster.

That is why SEforALL is hosting a guest blog series with partners who are supporting our core workstreams throughout March. From expert commentary on sustainable access pathways for the most vulnerable and hardest-to-reach people, to how we can direct capital to gender-responsive and socially inclusive energy businesses, and empowering women engaged in energy service delivery to achieve autonomy, authority, and decision-making power – this month is all about the great work of the People-Centered Accelerator partners.

Together, we can create an energy system that delivers for all and enables the equitable, prosperous and strong economic future that this will bring. Join us and be part of this exciting journey to build energy systems from the people up.

To find out more about joining the People-Centered Accelerator, or any other partnership opportunity with SEforALL, please email partnerships@SEforALL.org(link sends e-mail)

Read more on the Accelerator here and follow #SDG7AllEqual for the latest.