ROCO2 Solar Grandmothers in Burkina Faso

At a Glance

Strategic Outcomes SO1 Reduced GHG emission, SO2 Creation of green jobs, SO3 Increased access to sustainable services, SO5 Supply of ecosystem services ensured, SO6 Enhanced adaptation to climate change
Start Date Q1  2022
End Date q4 2023
Funding Source Earmarked
Actual Budget (USD) 439,000
Budget Percentage 0.22%
Actual Expenditure (USD) 955
Status Active
GGGI Share (USD) 30,000
Poverty and Gender Policy Markers poverty, gender
Name of Client (Lead/Prime implementer if GGGI is part of a consortium)
Participating Organization (Funding/donor) Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation
Name of consortium members, if any
Thematic Area
  • Solar Energy
  • Climate Resilient and Green Growth
  • Green Jobs
GGGI Project Code : ROCO2
Project Manager and Staff +
Laura Jalasjoki

Deputy Country Representative

Lamine Ouedraogo

Senior Officer, Green Growth Programming

Isabelle Ky

Communication Associate

Yassia Savadogo

Assistant Administration Accountant

Project Overview

The Solar grandmother project, will put a positive light on the rural status of older women as it aims at recruiting and training elderly rural women in the installation, operations and management of the solar systems. The approach to train semi-literate and illiterate women many of them grandmothers to become solar engineers has proven successful in many developing and least developed countries. These women after training, returned home to install solar panels and batteries, maintain and repair them, changing lives in their villages forever. Moreover, they have trained others in neighboring villages to do the same.

It will also contribute to raising awareness of the need to combat climate change and protect the environment, reduce urban and rural inequalities and improve the living conditions of beneficiary households, reduce gender inequalities in rural areas through the involvement of women as key actors and beneficiaries of the project implementation, and accelerate local development through increased income generating actives in villages of Burkina Faso.

Project Objective, Outcome and Impact


Empowering elderly women to contribute to the reduction of the negative environmental impacts from the use of fossil fuels in Burkina Faso through the promotion of clean technologies and low-carbon energy source.



R1: local expertise in solar technology available in the rural areas.

R2: increased availability and accessibility of solar electrification in rural areas.

R3 : well-managed autonomous solar electrification units

R4 : project is well managed



The project will impact 30 villages, with an estimated total population of about 30,000 people. Of this number, the direct beneficiaries are estimated to be 30 trained grandmothers, 30 trained women assistants, 100 people accessing to solar energy.