Unlocking Benefits of Electrification to Women (UBEW) project is implemented under the Development Partnership between GIZ Employment for Sustainable Development in Africa (E4D) and JUMEME rural power supply limited. UBEW is a pilot project implemented in Bwisya village in Ukara Island, Ukerewe district in Mwanza region. The project aims at promoting equal employment benefits for women and men from JUMEME electrification project.
“Unlocking Benefits of Electrification for Women” (UBEW) is a development partnership between the GIZ Sustainable Energy programme (SENERGY), GIZ’s Employment and Skills for East- ern Africa initiative (E4D/SOGA) and JUMEME, a micro-utility that implements and operates Solar-Hybrid Mini-Grids in re- mote settlements in Tanzania. The UBEW project promotes equal employment benefits for men and women from village electrification projects in Lake Victoria. The project has developed and tested an approach for gender mainstreaming in a rural electrification project in Bwisya village on Ukara Island, and this successful approach is ready for scaling to other villages in Lake Victoria. After commissioning in April 2016 the solar power plant in Bwisya village, 76 women beneficiaries have increased their monthly income above the threshold of 50,000 TZS (ca. 20 US$), and more than 16 new women-run businesses have been created to take advantage of the opportunities created by electricity access. Although these women face more business disadvantages than men due to cultural beliefs, less mobility, few financial support services and low education, one such business has grown into a small enterprise with more than five employees and investment above 5,000,000 TZS (2,000 US$). This represents a great achievement in a community dominated by mini- and micro-sized enterprises. The baseline monitoring system developed by NGSEN and JUMEME combined with the support from IDS research team was the basis for the systematic, comprehensive and gen- der-sensitive results-based monitoring system. IDS researchers introduced an in-depth research methodology, by which it will compare the results achieved in five project sites targeted by the UBEW project with appropriate control sites including JUMEME villages that will be provided with electricity supply systems but without specific gender-sensitive approaches, and similar villages without electricity supply. Separate baseline and evaluation surveys will involve over 1,000 individuals in both quantitative and qualitative research with the aim to identify best practices in implementing gendered approaches to pro- mote the productive use of energy in different contexts.