In 2017, the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Santa Clara University conducted an action research study considering the social and material impact of Solar Sister’s model on customers. The report, Turning on the Lights: Transcending Energy Poverty Through the Power of Women Entrepreneurs, assessed the impact of solar lanterns on education, health, productivity, finances, and women’s economic and social empowerment.
Solar lanterns give families the time and opportunity to do more every day, opening doors to additional educational and business ventures. Solar lanterns create a positive cycle of economic growth that can revolutionize a family’s financial well-being. At the same time, solar-powered lighting protects the health of each person in the household and spurs intrinsic changes in women’s self-image and perceived agency.