Dissertation Title:

Bearers of Light: Understanding the Impact of a Solar Program for Women and Girls in Rural Villages in Nepal


Samantha Kinkaid

Date, Time & Place:

February 22, 2022 at 9:00 am


The purpose of this study was to investigate the potential synergy between counter-trafficking programs and sustainable development by examining the impact of an existing solar energy program with groups of isolated girls and women in rural Nepal. Through a case study methodology, the intention was to understand the effect on participants’ quality of life, mental health, and sense of personal value and safety in their community. The synergy between counter-trafficking and sustainable community development was defined generally as collaborative initiatives with the potential to create new innovative and transdisciplinary coalitions and collaborations, inform policy, improve the quality of life for vulnerable populations, and, ultimately, save lives.

  • Program/Track/Year: Depth Psychology Community, Liberation, Ecopsychology, P, 2015
  • Chair: Dr. Mary Watkins
  • Reader: Dr. Tiffeny Jimenez
  • External Reader: Dr. Krishna Upadhyaya
  • Keywords: Gender Equality, Economic Empowerment, Health Factors, CTIP, SDG, Sustainable Development, COVID, Karuna Shechen