Tag Archives: East Africa

Interview with Nico Tyabji, SunFunder

Sunday October 15th, 2017 - Smart Villages

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 specialist debt financier for the off-grid solar sector in 2012, SunFunder has improved energy access for 2.9 million people. Co-founders Ryan Levinson and Audrey Desiderato lead… […]

Profile: Jacqueline Pronet, SUJA – East Africa

Tuesday September 12th, 2017 - Smart Villages

Tell us a bit about yourself My name is Jacqueline Proneth.  I am a 24 year old woman from Tanzania studying for a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting at the University of Dar es Salaam.  Meanwhile, I am in the process of registering a business with my partner Suleiman Mzungu which involved charcoal briquettes. What… […]

Profile: Suleiman Mzungu, SUJA – East Africa

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What is your off-grid energy business? can you give a brief overview? How long have you been working on this business? My off-grid business deals with production of charcoal briquettes with a brand name “Mukala”. We focus on production of clean cooking energy using agricultural waste materials like coconut husks, sugarcane husks, wood pieces, charcoal… […]

Profile: Neema, Tacode -East Africa

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What are you currently working on? For how long? Can you give a brief overview? Still working on it but up to right now there isn’t much progress – limited scope with UTT . Have recent undergone an exhibition in January at UDEC – worked on their prototype to refine their idea. Still in close… […]

Profile: James Ogingo, Chemolex – East Africa

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James is an Industrial Chemistry graduate with entrepreneurship passion leaned towards renewable energy adoption among low income communities, energy management and environmental conservation He is an alumnus of Cambridge Development Initiative, a program sponsored by Smart Villages. He is also recognized as Smart Village Ambassador by IEE Smart Village. James is the Cofounder of Chemolex… […]

Profile: Clifford Okoth – Chemolex – East Africa

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Brief biography Clifford is an entrepreneur, marketer and sales trainer in Kenya. Since graduating from the university, he has passionately worked at Chemolex Company where he is a co-founder. I have developed the start up from the ideation to the scale up phase where the company serves 400 households, 30 businesses and operates 5 solar… […]

Profile: Sameer Nair – Gram Oorja – East Africa

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What is your off-grid energy business? Can you give a brief overview? How long have you been working on this business? Gram Oorja electrifies un-electrified villages in remote areas of India using mini grids. Each home is provided a metered connection that can be used by the household for its electricity needs varying from lighting,… […]

Profile: Tecla Mariwa – East Africa

Sunday September 10th, 2017 - Smart Villages

What is your off-grid energy business? Manufacturing of portable bio-gas for generation of cooking energy and organic fertilizers. Can you give a brief overview? Lack of adequate cooking energy has been one of the major problems in the country. Many people utilize charcoal and firewood which is not an environmental friendly source of energy. However,… […]

Profile: Seni James – East Africa

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What is your off-grid energy business? Portable biogas Can you give a brief overview? Portable biogas is a system that can be easily installed and used in households and institutions like schools, food vendors etc… system uses organic wastes such as food leftovers to generate a cooking gas, additionally the system has a purification system… […]

Profile: Samwel Baruti – East Africa

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What is your off-grid energy business? i. Drying fruits using solar oven ii. Solar power in the agricultural sector. Can you give a brief overview? i. In Tanzania there’s no fruit preserving factory, which means fruits gets destroyed easily by either for not being consumed for long time or by climatic conditions such as high… […]