In 2019, a student at Njala University in Sierra Leone embarked on a life-changing journey. While studying BSc Energy Studies at Njala University Makonde, she witnessed the hardships faced by women and girls, especially in cooking. They had to gather firewood from the forest surrounding the university for their traditional stoves, leading to deforestation, and exposing them to risks like sexual violence and encounters with wildlife.
Moreover, this arduous task consumed a significant amount of their time, leaving them with limited opportunities for other income-generating activities. Recognizing the urgency of addressing these challenges and armed with her youth and determination, she decided to develop an improved cookstove. She entered the National Youth Innovation Award competition held in 2019 by UNDP Sierra Leone in Kenema District, where she emerged as the female runner-up, receiving recognition for her innovative solution.
Inspired by this achievement, it became evident that there was a need to establish something unique and innovative. After conducting extensive research and creating multiple prototypes, Madam Margaret, supported by her family and friends, officially incorporated Women in Energy Sierra Leone Limited on June 15, 2020, a social enterprise that seeks to develop professional expertise among young energy professionals who are pioneers of change in their local communities, with a commitment to promote and achieve universal energy access to marginalized communities and last mile areas.
She introduced the Smart Green Stove as the first brand, dedicated to promoting gender equality, advocating for a sustainable environment, providing clean energy solutions, and ensuring safety for everyone. Since then, we have successfully impacted the lives of beneficiaries in Sierra Leone. We have expanded our offerings to include the Smart Green Briquette and Smart Green Services brands.