Solar Sister

Three Global Social Benefit Fellows, select junior undergraduate students at Santa Clara University, conducted research on social entrepreneurship and solar lighting technologies in Uganda with three GSBI enterprises in 2013: Solar Sister (GSBI 2011), Angaza Design (GSBI 2011), and Kiva.org (GSBI 2006). They investigated the social benefits gained by Solar Sister micro-entrepreneurs and researched the feasibility of a new solar lighting product in Uganda.

Solar Sister Logo



Social Enterprises:
Solar Sister

Anagaza Design

Emily Albi
Mechanical Engineering

Kevin Kozel
Mechanical Engineering

Katrina Van Gasse


Three fellows gathered qualitative and quantitative data from Solar Sister’s customers, employees, and social impacts. Profiles of these people and the benefits they have received from solar lighting are below; select profiles were shared with Kiva.org. Angaza Design commissioned this team of fellows to conduct a market evaluation of SoLite3 in Uganda, using Solar Sister’s distribution channels for this study.