Paolo Patruno

Photographer/Filmmaker
  
Solar Sister
Location: Bologna
Nationality: Italian
Biography: I am a freelance documentary photographer and filmmaker. I traveled throughout Africa over the past ten years, documenting global topics, including health care, education, human rights, gender issues, sustainable development. Since 2011 I’m... read on
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Solar Sister
Credits: paolo patruno
Updated: 09/16/16
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SOLAR SISTER - Kampala, Uganda.

Solar Sister is an award winning social enterprise supporting women and girls in rural Africa by providing access to clean, dependable renewable energy, enabling them to lift themselves, their families and their communities out of poverty. Solar Sister's vision is that of light, hope, opportunity.
Energy poverty is a critical component of global poverty. In sub-Saharan households, 75% of homes have no access to network electricity. The indoor air pollution caused by the smoke emitted from burning wood and kerosene for light and cooking is responsible for 1.6 million deaths per year. On average, women spend 25% of their time fetching wood for cooking and heat. Time which could otherwise be spent on more productive tasks.
At the village level, energy poverty means you can’t pump clean water regularly, there’s no communications, no way to have adult literacy classes, and no way to run computers at schools or have connectivity. It places a limit on the activities of an individual and on a community. Education, health and safety and economic opportunity are seriously impacted by lack of reliable, clean, affordable electricity.
It is mostly women in rural villages that bear the burden of energy poverty. They are the ones that walk for miles every day to fetch water for cooking, drinking, cleaning. They are the ones who spend hours collecting wood for cooking. The burden of subsistence falls on the women and girls in a village. They sacrifice education and opportunity to basic survival.
Simply by giving these women and girls access to clean, dependable solar electricity, we can alleviate the burden of energy poverty and change lives. Investing in women is not only the right thing to do, it is the smart thing to do. Solar Sister creates sustainable businesses, powered by smart investment in women entrepreneurs.
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EDC - Multimedia

By Paolo Patruno / Lilongwe
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EDC Rwanda

By Paolo Patruno — EDC - Education Development Center. Kigali, Rwanda. Nearly 40 percent of Rwanda’s population is between the..
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EDC - Multimedia

By Paolo Patruno / kigali
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Birth is a Dream - Multimedia

By Paolo Patruno — Birth is a Dream project
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BIRTH is a DREAM

By Paolo Patruno — In 2011 I started my " BIRTH IS A DREAM " a documentary project which aims to document and raise awareness..
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Outside the ring

By Paolo Patruno — Lilongwe, Malawi.
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Street children

By Paolo Patruno — Kabale, Uganda Anold, 12. Moses, 14. Elisha, 15. Nestori, 16. Allan, 13. Dick, 14. Michael, 16. Joseph, 14...
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Living disability

By Paolo Patruno / Lilongwe, Malawi — Lilongwe, Malawi
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Circomondo Festival

By Paolo Patruno — Siena, Italy
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Alcohol abuse

By Paolo Patruno / Lilongwe Malawi — Lilongwe, Malawi Wellington, 34 years old. Married with Elube, 28 years, they have 3 children 10, 6 and 3..
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Music

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Portrait

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Wedding Stefy+Luigi

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Fine Art

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500miles

By Paolo Patruno — 500miles - Lilongwe, Malawi. 500miles is a Charity that supports amputees and other disabled people in..
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WFRM DRC

By Paolo Patruno — WFRM DRC - Bukavu, DRC. The World Family of Radio Maria is a non-governmental organization (NGO) and..
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UMCOR

By Paolo Patruno / Lubumbashi DRC — UMCOR. The United Methodist Committee on Relief Lubumbashi-Mulungwishi, DRC. The United Methodist..
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RC

By Paolo Patruno — Ricerca e Cooperazione - Blantyre, Malawi. Chipalamba Toto Project This initiative aims at fighting..
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Seva Canada

By Paolo Patruno — SEVA CANADA - Blantyre, Malawi. Lions Sight First Eye Hospital Seva is a charity organization working..
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Play Soccer

By Paolo Patruno — PLAY SOCCER - Blantyre, Malawi.
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MSF TB Uganda

By Paolo Patruno / Blantyre, Malawi — MSF. Médecins sans Frontières Kitgum, Uganda. Uganda is one of the world's 22 high burden countries..
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Fedoma

By Paolo Patruno — FEDOMA  - Federation of Disability Organisations in Malawi Lilongwe, Malawi. In Malawi, people..
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Separated At Birth (Cameroon)

By Paolo Patruno / Cameroon, Africa — SEPARATED at BIRTH - Cameroon. 2014 "I can’t really forget that day, a lady from the social service came in..
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Girls, Women Too Early (Cameroon)

By paolo patruno / Bakumba, Cameroon — GIRLS: WOMEN TOO EARLY - Bakumba, Cameroon. 2014 Christine, 17-years-old, got married when she was 15, lost..
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