As Mahary’s modeling career took her around the world, her global perspective led her to her first major career hub as she experienced firsthand the many communities suffering from energy poverty. After a haunting, eye-opening trip to her parents’ hometown Eritrea, Mahary made the decision to start the non-profit organization Project Tsehighiwhich means “sun” in Tigrinya, one of the national languages of Eritrea. The Tsehighi project provides sustainable solutions for communities with limited resources by reducing inaccessibility and increasing sustainability Providing solutions for renewable energy like solar panels. Mahary’s mission is to use her voice to raise awareness of the work of marginalized communities and ultimately to improve their lives. “My overall approach to life and everything I do has always been to level the playing field and it has always been important to me to use my platform to do that,” Mahary adds.