The Eastern European, Caucasus and Central Asian region (EECCA) have continental climates with cold winters. In particular, low-income communities in rural areas suffer from a lack of safe, sufficient and affordable energy. Poorly maintained energy infrastructure, rising fuel costs and the increasing unpredictability of the climate exacerbate poverty. The lack of energy has severe environmental impacts (e.g. local deforestation from fuel wood collection) as well as health impacts (respiratory problems of women and children from burning of unsafe fuels such as plastic waste). The region has a great potential for renewable energy, especially solar. WECF and its local partners are working together with communities, universities and innovative businesses to demonstrate affordable sustainable energy solutions, using local knowledge and material.