Video: Samira Bawumia championing clean cooking

Story of Success

H.E. Hajia Samira Bawumia, the Second Lady of Ghana, is a Seven for 7 honoree, Sustainable Energy for All's recognition for global leaders in the sustainable energy movement.

In Ghana, eight out of ten people cook with solid fuels such as wood and charcoal, leading to significant impacts on health, gender equality and the environment. The toxic emissions from cooking this way lead to about 18,000 premature deaths per year. As an Ambassador for the Clean Cooking Alliance, Samira Bawumia is promoting the adoption of clean cooking stoves and fuels in her country, in Africa and across the world.

As the founder and CEO of Samira Empowerment and Humanitarian Projects (SEHP), she provides critical interventions in the areas of health, education and women’s empowerment. The organization aims to reduce the high rates of maternal and child mortality in the country by distributing birth kits to underprivileged expectant mothers and by providing medical equipment and pharmaceuticals to selected health facilities across Ghana. This is improving the lives of about two million people.

Find out more about the 2019 Seven for 7 honorees.