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Interview with Vidya Sagar Devabhaktuni, SKG Sangha

Friday October 27th, 2017 - Smart Villages

Vidya Sagar Devabhaktuni, President, SKG Sangha Location: Bangalore, India “Human beings are divided, but their basic problems are all the same”   Having provided biogas solutions to over 10,000 villages… […]

Interview with Saddek Fenardji, Canopy

Sunday October 15th, 2017 - Smart Villages

Saddek Fenardji, General Secretary, Canopy Location: Paris, France “The biggest challenge is getting paid” Saddek Fenardji remembers a local mayor’s surprise at how off-grid energy shaped Akonolinga, a town 70… […]

Interview with Nico Tyabji, SunFunder

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Nico Tyabji, Director of Strategic Partnerships, SunFunder Location: US, East Africa “As a financial intermediary for the off-grid solar sector, we’ve grown alongside companies”   Since it launched as a… […]

Interview with Suleiman Mzungu, SUJA

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Suleiman Mzungu, Co-founder, SUJA Location: Tanzania “Changing the practice of cooking with charcoal is complex”   As part of the plan to make charcoal from more sustainable sources, Suleiman Mzungu… […]

Interview with David Achi, AD Solar Entreprise

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David Achi, Director, AD Solar Entreprise Location: Abidjan, Ivory Coast “Ivorians can now access life”   Running a business in Ivory Coast is not easy, much less a solar company…. […]

Interview with Adam Camenzuli, Karibu

Saturday October 14th, 2017 - Smart Villages

Founder and CEO, Karibu Solar Power “Acting like we could do anything pushed us to do things we didn’t think we could do”   Canadian brothers Brian and Adam Camenzuli… […]

Interview with Mawuli Tse, Solar Light Africa

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Mawuli Tse, Director, Solar Light Africa Location: Accra, Ghana “Good technology migrates by itself” In the early nineties, Mawuli Tse spent time in Cape Verde, as part of a group… […]

Interview with Jeroen Verschelling, Kamworks

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Jeroen Verschelling, Chairman and Co-founder,  Kamworks Location:  Phnom Penh, Cambodia “It’s hard to go faster than the market” Jeroen Verschelling first designed his zero-energy home when he was a consultant… […]

Interview with Emal Barekzai, Zularistan

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Emal Barekzai, CEO, Zularistan Location: Kabul, Afghanistan “We worked in areas which were 100% Taliban” Emal Barekhzai came to Jalalabad in 2002. He was living in Kassel, Germany, and he… […]

Interview with Vladimir Delagneau Barquero, Tecnosol

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Vladimir Delagneau Barquero, President and Managing Director, Tecnosol Location: Managua, Nicaragua “20 years ago, some Nicaraguans thought renewable energy was the work of the devil” When Vladimir Delagneau Barquero explains… […]

Interview with Yonas Workie, Suntransfer Tech PLC

Friday October 13th, 2017 - Smart Villages

Yonas Workie, Managing Director, Suntransfer Tech PLC Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia “You have to really find quality products in a market which can be unfair” Doing business in Ethiopia, which… […]