By engaging openly with communities we are able to identify how and where we can bring sustainable benefits. We do this in many ways: by creating new jobs, encouraging local businesses to be a part of our supply chain, and providing useful skills training for people.
At Shell, our aim is to help meet the world’s growing energy needs in a responsible way. We are taking action today to prepare for tomorrow’s energy and environmental challenges. We use human ingenuity, innovation and technology to unlock the energy our customers need.
Shell is working to empower women in the rural agricultural belt of Pakistan by providing them with much needed sustainable livelihood generation opportunities, while meeting some local energy needs as well. One thousand women across rural Sindh and Punjab have been identified as potential entrepreneurs through Shell Tameer’s partnership with CARE International. These women will be trained over 3 years in 300 nontraditional enterprises, which include an alternative energy access stream of enterprises including fuel supply chain microenterprises and solar product distributors.
Micro Solar Entrepreneurs
Globally more than 1 billion people have no access to electricity. In Pakistan the World Bank estimated that in 2013 only 68.6% of the population had some access to electricity.
Villages like Qambar, Ghotki and Mirpur Khas in Sindh, and Kot Addu, Vehari and Rajan Pur in Punjab have little access to electric power which severely diminishes indoor working hours. Young men and women who work and go to school, have little opportunity to study after dark, while craftsmen and women fashioning rallis and working on embroidery only have between 4 and 5 hours of good light to work in. For these communities, alternative sources of light are revolutionary.