After growing up without electricity, Abdishakur is lighting up his country

The One Young World Summit 2017 took place on October 4–7 in Bogotá, Colombia. OFID was once again proud to sponsor the attendance of 25 young leaders whose work improves conditions and prospects for the world’s most disadvantaged people in their home countries. Abdishakur Ahmed is one such leader. The Co-Founder and CEO at SomLite … More After growing up without electricity, Abdishakur is lighting up his country

“Today, we are the only producer of green charcoal briquettes in Mali.” – Ousmane Samassekou

Ousmane Samassekou made several attempts before his company AFOvert found an economically viable way to produce its ‘green’ charcoal briquettes. Made of charcoal dust and used mainly for cooking, the briquettes offer an environmentally friendly substitute for coal and charcoal. Ousmane developed the technology with support from GERES, an organization dedicated to promoting the use … More “Today, we are the only producer of green charcoal briquettes in Mali.” – Ousmane Samassekou

“Will our lights last?” – Kingsley from Ghana

In 2014, when I began my postgraduate studies at the University of Ghana in Accra, I was greeted with a severe power shortage, also known here in Ghana as “dumsor”. The inability to utilize the day fully meant forfeiting the night. Due to the high costs of accessing electric generators, many families are left in … More “Will our lights last?” – Kingsley from Ghana

“We have our electricity back” – Kevin from Kenya

A newly operational heavy fuel oil power plant, co-financed by OFID’s private sector facility, is delivering on Kenya’s urgent demand for reliable energy, promising to catalyze local industry and already making a world of difference to nearby communities. Home to some 140,000 people, Athi River in Kenya boasts over a half dozen cement and steel … More “We have our electricity back” – Kevin from Kenya

“For every end, there’s a new beginning” – Anahit from Armenia

“My family and I were preparing for another cold winter, it was an ordinary day and I was busy with daily household routines. My sons went to the forest to cut some trees for firewood to warm our little ones. But, that day, along with the cut down tree, my son’s life was interrupted – … More “For every end, there’s a new beginning” – Anahit from Armenia