The Ground_Up Project Blog was launched in November 2013, and since then, we’ve published over 100 articles featuring green projects and businesses around the world. That represents 100 ideas, opportunities, and inspirations for how to #GrowGreenBiz.
As a continuation of our series, we bring you a special edition of our top 10 posts in honor of International Women’s Day. Here are the top 10 posts from our blog about inspiring women entrepreneurs and businesses that work to empower women while protecting the environment.
Co-Founders Anya Cherneff and Bennett Cohen found a way to both offer sustainable employment to impoverished Nepalese women, and provide access to clean energy. By connecting investors and suppliers with women entrepreneurs in Nepal, they create women-led access to affordable solar products with financing and mentoring included.
Indian cities face a huge sanitation problem with open sewers carrying waste water through the streets and nearly half of the population defecating out of doors. Entrepreneur Namita Banka experienced these problems first-hand and set out to make nature’s call more nature-friendly in her home country.
Nearly 1 in 5 women miss school because of difficulty managing their menstrual periods. SHE aims to change that by producing an affordable and sustainable solution. They partner with women-led banana farm cooperatives to produce sanitary pads with banana tree fibers that would otherwise go to waste.
Founded by women for women, Solar Sister is creating networks of women entrepreneurs bringing solar energy into their communities. They aim to unlock the potential of these women as “green agents of change” as they provide affordable clean energy alternatives in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Hear directly from young eco-entrepreneur Kristina Kochan in this Q&A about her experience starting a sustainable candle and cosmetics business. As she says, “There’s no more room in this world for products that do a disservice to the environment.”
|Alliance for International Reforestation
Dr Anne Hallum is president and founder of this non-profit initiative to curb deforestation in Guatemala. The work to plant trees is mostly led by women who recognize the importance of preventing erosion and protecting their communities from mudslides.
This community solar initiative aims to make solar available to everyone living in the US. Solstice was founded by female dynamo Steph Speirs and co-founder Steve Moilanen, when they realized solar was becoming more available to people in India than it was in their own country.
This water company incubator is using a business model to provide access to safe clean drinking water with lower impact on the environment and family budgets. Jibu franchises treat water on the spot and sell it in reusable bottles at low cost. Best of all, Jibu aims to have 50% of these new franchises owned by women.
Female entrepreneur Kate O’Brien set out to create green alternatives to the often chemical-filled and environment-polluting cosmetics women use every day. Kate believes that the best choices for looking beautiful are inspired by nature. All Alima products are made with natural ingredients in the most sustainable way possible.
|Bright Energy Africa
Founder Voilet Ayoub began with the goal of bringing sustainable, cost-efficient fuel solutions to Tanzania. BEA reduces deforestation and environmental pollution by replacing wood in Tanzanian stoves with more efficient biomass briquettes made from agricultural waste.
Do you think there’s something missing from our list? We’re always on the lookout for new projects to join our platform and feature on our blog, so let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org