Profile: Makondose Senteu – East Africa

5. Senteu

What is your off-grid energy business?

Production of efficient stoves

 Can you give a brief overview?

These stoves will use normal charcoals or briquettes in low amount since, in the way they constructed will preserve heat loss

What inspired you to start working in off-grid energy? Are there any key people who inspired you to work in this area?

Am inspired to start working in off-grid energy because I want to solve the problem of many people in my community in terms of energy accessibility and to reduce the rate of deforestation.

Have you lived in an off-grid community?  If the answer is yes, what is something you want people with reliable energy to know about growing up off-grid?

Yes, I would like people with reliable energy to know there are a lot of people who suffer due to inaccessibility to energy, so the off-grid energy is solution to this problem, they can invest in this field as much as possible.

What is the most important thing you have learnt so far by being on the off-grid energy track?

I learnt how you can transform community problem to be an opportunity at the same time by solving it.

What are some of the challenges you have faced when coming up with an off-grid energy business?

  • Existence of many previous ideas
  • Feasibility of some ideas in our environment
  • Value addition in my idea

 Where do you hope to be 3 years from now?

I hope 3 years to come to own my small firm with my partners  producing efficient stoves and charcoal briquettes

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