The United States Trade and Development Agency announced a grant to a Nigerian Renewable Energy company that connects over 200,000 women, farmers, and rural citizens to new solar-powered mini grids, according to a statement on March 24.
“The USTDA is committed to promoting inclusive economic development and bringing clean energy solutions to rural communities,” said Enoh T. Ebond, the USTDA’s Acting Director.
Women entrepreneurs in Nigeria are also a critical piece in developing Nigeria’s energy future and its grant funding allows for opportunities to improve equipment and services.
“This announcement is emblematic of the US-Nigerian relationship…[it] supports the development of energy…and promotes inclusion for women,” said Mary Leonard, US Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Nigeria. It also aligns with US President Biden’s Executive Order on Tackling Climate Change, enacted January 27th of this year.
CEO of Sosai, the renewable energy company receiving the grant, said in a recent statement that “this USTDA grant will support a huge step forward for Nigeria…and kick start life changing projects for communities.”