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Interview with ARED’s Henri Nyakarundi: “Fundraising is about networking”

In this post, we highlight an interview conducted with Henri Nyakarundi, Founder of African Renewable Energy Distributor (ARED), which originally appeared in Siemens Stiftung’s newest report ‘How Digital Solutions May Enhance Social Financing’.

Zonas no interconectadas (ZNI) en Colombia: un paraíso natural oculto donde las energias renovables se enfrentan a los combustibles fósiles, el aislamiento y la corrupción

Nicolás Mora-Guarda es recién graduado del máster en “Management and Technology” de la Universidad Técnica de Múnich, con especialización en acceso a energía en países emergentes y energía para el desarrollo. Antes de su máster, Nicolás estudió y trabajó en Chile durante varios años. El viaje a Colombia formó parte de su tesis de magister, […]

Non-Interconnected Zones in Colombia: A Hidden Natural Paradise where Renewable Energy Systems Face Threats from Fossil Fuels, Isolation, and Corruption

Nicolas Mora-Guarda is a recent graduate of the Masters in Management and Technology program at Technical University of Munich, where he specialized in energy access in emerging countries and energy for development. Before his masters, Nicolas already studied and worked in Chile for several years. His trip to Colombia was during his master thesis, where […]

Local Social Enterprises Key to Bridge Development Gaps in Africa

Growing up in Burundi, Henri Nyakarundi had a dream… run as far as he could from what his young mind thought were dearth of opportunities. So, right after his high school he made way to the United States and pursued his higher education in Computer Science. He tried his hand at multiples work stints, including […]

 

Birth of Baby SolarTurtle for Secure and Sustainable Energy

The last blog Collaborating in a Sea of Unknowns by epAward 2016 winner and epNetwork member James van der Walt gave an insight into surviving in a competitive business environment. Let’s take a ride with him to follow his entrepreneurial journey of setting up a successful social enterprise in Africa and discover the bumps and […]

Accelerating Energy Access: The Role of Patient Capital

Acumen Fund’s vision is to change the way the world tackles poverty. Their approach to investing is focused on patient capital, early-stage investments, access to expertise, and post-investment support. With global offices in Ghana, Colombia, Pakistan, the United Kingdom, India, Kenya, and the Unites States, Acumen works on building innovative ways to bring energy access […]

Preparando una taza sostenible con Café Compadre

Hay motivos para que Cristóbal Olórtegui, un caficultor de la comunidad Sauriaki en Perú, sonría al recoger los frutos de su cosecha, limpiándose el bigote de espuma de café al tomar un sorbo. Durante 43 años ha estado vendiendo granos de café crudo por 2,50 dólares por kilogramo (kg), pero ahora gana 4,3 dólares por […]

Solar Kiosk in Rwanda

Featured on DW Global 3000: The African-based Company ARED builds small mobile kiosks in Rwanda that produce solar power on the go.

Spinning straw into gold…

Producing biogas from organic waste. Interview with Sameh Seif Ghali, TADE. Sameh Seif Ghali has been working in community development in Egypt for 25 years. Passionate about solving some of his country’s most pressing problems in rural areas, Sameh established the Together Association for Development and Environment (TADE), an association that develops low-cost community-based projects […]

The Ezystove

Making Life Ezyer

Right this minute a woman somewhere in rural sub-Saharan Africa is on a long trek. Not because she’s part of a nomadic tribe or visiting a neighbouring village but because she has to do something that many of us with modern conveniences take for granted – cook for her family. She starts her journey early, […]