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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 Mawuli Tse, Solar Light Africa

Saturday October 14th, 2017 - Smart Villages

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… […]

Interview with Vishnu Raghunathan, Lytyfy

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Vishnu Raghunathan, CEO & Co-Founder, Lytyfy Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia “You have to really find quality products in a market which can be unfair.” After college, Vishnu Raghunathan and S…. […]