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Betty Ikalany, from eastern Uganda, is the winner of the inaugural Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Organized by The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, the award recognizes outstanding female leaders in the household energy sector who are advancing clean cooking solutions in emerging markets.
For several years Betty has led efforts to advance clean cooking solutions in Uganda and served as a role model and mentor for other women in her community.
As one of Betty’s nominators put it: “Betty has been a huge advocate for women in her community. She has gone out of her way to hire women who have been abused or suffered from other tragedies, and has served as a role model for young women and men. Betty is passionate about improving the lives of women by saving them time, effort, and bettering their health.”
Betty is the founder of Appropriate Energy Saving Technologies (AEST) LTD, a woman-led social enterprise that creates livelihood opportunities for women in the improved cookstove and clean fuel value chain in Eastern Uganda.
The AEST is a past grantee of the Women’s Empowerment Fund and Betty is a 2015 MIT D-Lab Scale-Ups fellow under USAID-funded International Development Innovation Network (IDIN).
Betty is passionate about improving the lives of women by saving them time, effort, and bettering their health
“The Alliance has long recognized the importance of women entrepreneurs in the clean cookstoves and fuels sector,” said Radha Muthiah, CEO of the Alliance.
“Too often women in developing countries are seen as just the cooks, as opposed to the business and jobs creators. Betty is an exceptional leader in the cooking sector who is driving community-led solutions to harmful and inefficient cooking practices. She is a role model for men and women alike who are trying to address today’s critical needs in energy access.”
The Alliance applauded and acknowledges the ongoing work and leadership of all women leaders in the clean cooking sector, as well as the broader energy access sector.