“Water is now closer and cheaper” – Monica from Kenya

A new water network, co-financed by OFID is enabling a community in Nairobi, Kenya, to have safe, legal access to water for the first time. Kahawa Soweto is home to 8,000 people and the entire settlement has never had a legal water supply. Residents have been dependent on water vendors, who would connect illegally to … More “Water is now closer and cheaper” – Monica from Kenya

“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