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This little light of mine, Am gonna let it shine!!

As she closed off her one bed roomed house, left her one little girl in the house, with a candle by the table side, hoping she would run as fast as she can to the nearest shop to buy tomatoes and make a meal for her family ... Little did she know that, the fate of that candle would change her life forever!

In her absence, the little girl fell asleep, the candle fell down and starting burning the entire house - from that moment on, everything she had lived for was gone, she had lost her house, her only child and everything she ever owned! A woman once widowed, now has no child and no where to sleep, It was total darkness from there on!

Stories like these published in my local newspapers not only make be sad, but make me question what I as a person can do to make a difference. As I spent about 4 years of my life working in an IT world, my daily tasks were going out there, setting up servers for Small and Medium sized Enterprises and making sure systems worked. All I knew for all this time was to interact with machines, as long as the systems worked, everything was good!

After searching for how I can cause an impact in my society, came the story I started with... it touched me a lot that I knew I had to be part of the solution, and then in the midst of that soul searching came Solar Sister An innovative Social Enterprise that eradicates energy poverty by looking at three main key issues that affect each one of us, 1. Energy Poverty, 2. Climate Change 3. Women empowerment. Everything I had read about that article about the dreaded fire that took that young girl's life finally started to ring in my head.

Through my online connections, I contacted Solar Sister, and today am the Program Coordinator for Solar Sister in Uganda. The experiences I have had working with Solar Sister are simply amazing, the stories of how lives have been transformed, of how women can now afford an additional income to take care of their families or take Children to school keep me doing what I do now.

Women's voices are being heard through our network, their confidence is rising each day, they are proud to say, they are Solar Sisters now they can do something meaningful in their lives. One woman told us "I used to rent a house and do my tailoring business there because I did not have electricity at home, now I became a Solar Sister and was able to purchase a lighting system, now I work from home, I no longer have to pay rent, we have free sun" - It is such stories that inspire me to be a voice of great women out there.

Through my Solar Sister community, I got to know about WorldPulse... My boss, and founder of Solar Sister asked me to share my story here, a story of one not being fulfilled in life with what we do, but keep doing it because we want to make others happy, I decided it was enough, I quit my job at a telecommunications company and decided I wanted to make a grass root impact in my community!

Am so glad Katherine pointed me to this forum because now I can speak about my journey and stories, and hope to inspire someone out there!

This Journey with Solar Sister and WorldPulse fits into my personal vision, wanting to create an impact in my work, and empowering women and girls to be the best that we can be!

I can only say, This little light of mine, Am gonna let it shine! Follow the amazing Solar Sister story in this video

Comments

Adepeju's picture

Being waiting to read from

Being waiting to read from you Enamara! Ok, so your piece was worth the wait :-) Keep lighting up the world!

enamara's picture

Hey

Thank you so much darling... much appreciated and I feel flattered.

zoneziwoh's picture

Excellent

Dear sister, this is wonderful. I am proud of the solar sisters. I feel so bad about the widow's incidence. It is a pity she had to go through such experience and it is so sad to know that her innocent child had to be the victim.

solar sisters, please, keep up the good work. is it such an amazing initiative - I watched the video - gr8

Stay Blessed

Zoneziwoh

Blog: http://zofem.blogspot.com/

facebook: Zoneziwoh

twitter: @ZoFem

enamara's picture

Hey

Thank you for the compliments, we really try hard to bring light. hope. and opportunity to villages in our community and it has so far been so worthwhile.

Glad you love our work.

Nusrat Ara's picture

You are doing amazing work. I

You are doing amazing work. I read about the same kind of work being done in India. The change has to be initiated at the grassroot level to be really effective and empowering.

Thanks for sharing your story. There is so much one can learn from the experiences of women around the world.

And yes keep on doing so ( sharing more stories). We want more :)))

Love

Nusrat

enamara's picture

Thank you

Thank you Nusrat,

Yea there are similar people doing similar things I think, but we focus on women and have a model that works for them,
am glad you loved my story.,

God bless you.

Monica Clarke's picture

This little light of mine

O Enamara, the story, the song in the video and your way with words just lit up my life with a big smile. Thank you for sharing!

Monica Clarke, Writer & Storyteller, bringing human rights alive.
I wish you 'Nangamso', that is: May you continue to do the good work which you do so well.
(A blessing from my ancestors, the Khoikhoi, the first people of South Africa).

enamara's picture

Thank you

Thank you Monica, you are one of my inspirations here you know!
Your story touched me and gave me will to fight for what I believe in.

Thank you.

Nezed's picture

Am glad u shared Ʊя story

Am glad u shared Ʊя story with us.. God bless Ʊя effort. Well done.

I do not aim for Perfection; Just excellence!

enamara's picture

Thank you

Thank you dear, am glad you found it a nice story.

gingerhooper's picture

Wabele! Asante! Thank you so

Wabele! Asante! Thank you so much for your ideas and your drive to achieve. This is a beautiful example of change. Aim for the stars
Laura x

enamara's picture

Thank you

Thank you darling :-) And it is Webare... lol!

Carlotta's picture

I feel so sorry for the

I feel so sorry for the mother who lost her baby and possessions. And well done for looking out for others when you could have just continued working with computers! Shine on.

enamara's picture

Decisions

Yea I guess, everyone needs to make a decision of what they need in their life, and it needs to be fulfilling,
I decided to do some grassroot work where I can have my impact felt.

But I still hack... lol! Computers are a part of me...

MaDube's picture

Great work

You are doing wonderful work Eve. Keep at it my sister.

enamara's picture

Thank you

Thanx dear. We really try our best.

Stella Paul's picture

Best wishes

You have got strong will and a purpose to carry on a mission to do good.Now you got us too, to give you support and best wishes!

Stella Paul
Twitter: @stellasglobe

enamara's picture

very true

very true Stella,
Now I have a network of women who keep telling me we can make it, it is possible, we are bigger
than every situation, no greater feeling than that,.

Am glad am part of this network.

noelinekirabo's picture

Wow

Thanks my sister, its heart breaking to hear such stories and yet comforting at the same time to know that some people have devoted their lives to divert more stories of this kind from becoming a reality.
lol

Noeline Kirabo Mulongo

Unleashing the potential through individual minds

www.global-leadership.com

enamara's picture

Thank you

Thank you Noeline :-)

ruthibelle's picture

Awesome!

I'm running out of adjectives to describe the posts I'm reading on WorldPulse because you are all sooo incredibly awesome!!

Your story is remarkable. The work you do ... wow. I'm just in awe of people like you who make such big differences in other people's lives. May Solar Sister expand in reach and capacity.

Love,
Ruthibelle
ruthibelle.blogspot.com

enamara's picture

Thank you

Thank you so much,
we all try to make sure we can make a difference, and we believe in economic empowerment,
and we try as hard to show women that we can also stand up on our own and get an income while saving our children's lives.

Am sure we will expand.

cassie_levy's picture

Solar Sister sounds like an

Solar Sister sounds like an amazing organization. Keep up the good work!

enamara's picture

Thank you

Thank you darling, we are trying, but yes it is an amazing organisation.

Azaria's picture

Congratulation Enamara for

Congratulation Enamara for being courageous and deciding to fallow where your heart needed to go rather than continue doing what others expected you to do. In doing so you are now impacting women lives. That is powerful and inspiring.

Thank you for sharing Solar Sister with the community. It looks like a fantastic organization, who is doing great work in the world.

I look forward to reading more of you're writing.

Warm Regards,
Azaria

Azaria Ulmer, CHC, CPCC
Wellness & Empowerment Coach

Real Foods Heal
Everything is food...what are you hungry for?
Azaria@Realfoodsheal.com
646-721-1330

Sacred Woman
Empowering women and girls around the world
Azariau@me.com
646-721-1330

enamara's picture

Thank you

Thank you so much for the encouragements, and I know someone has to always stand up and make a change, am glad Solar Sister gave me a chance to do that.

Zane Abweh's picture

unbelievable

That was one of the best pieces i've read. It was very sad and I actually teared up, but it makes want to get up right now and DO SOMETHING. I am sure many people have felt that after reading your story. Thank you for sharing it with us.

enamara's picture

hey

wow, thank you so much for those touching words,
Am so glad that you like it... yea we all have to step up and do something, however small,
someone somewhere will be touched by our actions.

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