Tag Archives: West Africa

Profile: Christie Etukador, Sunlight Energy Ventures – Finalist, West Africa

Thursday June 29th, 2017 - Smart Villages

Brief Biography Christie is the CEO of SunLight Energy Ventures, a solar energy social enterprise she founded with her husband. Prior to this, she held a lecturing position at Covenant University, Ota, Nigeria where she taught Renewable Energy Technologies to Final year students in the Department of Electrical and Information Engineering. She also consults on… […]

Profile: Kouma Agbenowossi, Project Production Solaire – Finalist, West Africa

Friday June 23rd, 2017 - Smart Villages

Kouma Agbenowossi is in charge of marketing for PPS (Projet production Solaire), which specializes in Renewable Energy in Togo.  Kouma started working with PPS in March 2016 and has a background in negotiation, leadership education and team management.  He is studying Business Administration and Leadership (ongoing) at VELI (van Duyse Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute) at Cotonou-Benin,… […]

Profile: Andrew Carter, PayGo Ventures – Finalist, West Africa

Wednesday June 21st, 2017 - Smart Villages

Brief biography Andrew Carter is the Managing Director of Paygo Ventures. Previously at the African Development Bank, he led mini-grid technical assistance and initiatives to provide debt finance to pay as you go solar companies. Prior to that, he consulted for clients in Côte d’Ivoire and Democratic Republic of Congo on mini-grid projects. His entrepreneurship… […]

Profile: Kabir Ademoh, Ajima Farms – Finalist, West Africa

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Brief Bio Kabir is the Head Of Operations for Ajima Farms and General Enterprises in Nigeria and has worked on a variety of roles within the Agricultural sector. He is the founder of Fresh Daily a grocery delivery business aimed at supplying sustainably grown vegetables from a network of micro-farms. He has a background in… […]

Profile: Fatima Oyiza Ademoh, Ajima Farms – Finalist, West Africa

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Brief Biography: Miss. Fatima Oyiza Ademoh is experienced in business development & renewable energy project development. Currently, she is the Project Developer for the Power Africa USADF funded off-grid energy project implemented by Ajima in Nigeria and an Entrepreneurship lecturer at Baze University. She recently served as the Business Development Executive at Novantus Energy. Fatima… […]

Profile: Check Traoré, Nafa Naana – Winner, West 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? Nafa Naana is a social business making clean and affordable energy products available to the poorest households of Burkina Faso. Nafa Naana implements an innovative business model, which combines a microfranchise approach to an… […]

Profile: Sayouba Guira, Nafa Naana – Winner, West Africa

Friday June 16th, 2017 - Smart Villages

What is your off-grid energy business? Can you give a brief overview? How long have you been working on this business? Nafa Naana is a social business making clean and affordable energy products available to the poorest households of Burkina Faso. Nafa Naana implements an innovative business model, which combines a microfranchise approach to an adapted microcredit scheme: we… […]

A clean energy crisis: One Burkina Faso social business aims to address it

Wednesday January 4th, 2017 - Smart Villages

Interview with Sayouba Guira Director of Nafa Naana, a social enterprise providing clean cooking and lighting products Location: Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso “It’s a crisis, but we are in a country with so many other priorities that people don’t talk about it, which is why we are doing something about promoting clean and affordable energy solutions”… […]

NOW OPEN! West Africa: Energy Innovation Challenge

Sunday October 9th, 2016 - Smart Villages

APPLY NOW! RULES & GUIDELINES The Competition Technological innovations for providing energy to off-grid communities have started to change the energy access landscape across the world, especially in West Africa. Access to affordable new forms of energy opens doors to a whole range of new social enterprises, where the business delivers a positive social impact… […]