Meet Nthabiseng Mosia: SA entrepreneur creating solar solutions abroad

Meet Nthabiseng Mosia: SA entrepreneur creating solar solutions abroad

- Mosia is one of Forbes most promising young entrepreneurs in 2018

- Her company, Easy Solar, strives to provide affordable and renewable energy sources to communities in Africa where electricity accessibility is a pressing issue

- To date, they have provided over 50 000 people with solar power sources and allowed them to run their homes and businesses at an affordable cost

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Living in a third world country, we know how precious even electricity can be. Nthabiseng Mosia is a South African-Ghanian entrepreneur who is helping West-African communities by giving them clean and affordable energy sources.

Mosia made the Forbes 30 most promising young entrepreneurs in Africa 2018 and was one of South Africa's 100 Most Influential Young People of 2017.

Mosia is an extremely well educated female. She has her Masters in Energy Finance and Policy from Columbia University and her B.Bus.Sc. in Finance from the University of Cape Town.

Her company, Easy Solar, helps off-grid West-African by making clean energy solutions affordable and accessible for all.

She is the co-founder of Easy Solar along with her two partners, Alexandre Toure and Eric Silverman.

Briefly.co.za learned that Easy Solar came about in early 2015. The company was build around the desperate need for energy accessibility in Sierra Leone.

"It’s often widely publicized that two-thirds of Sub-Saharan Africans lack access to electricity. But in Sierra Leone, 90% of people (and 99% in rural areas) don’t have any electricity".

The company allows for people to rent-to-own high-quality solar products and appliances. This is possible by means of their own financing model which allows customers to purchase the products over time by paying affordable weekly installments.

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The products range from solar home systems with lighting, mobile charging and DC appliances as well as solar lanterns that can charge mobile phones which give 24 hours of light on a single charge.

Their big goal is to offer a range of services to give households the ability to generate an income.

The products are mainly sold to households and small businesses in Sierra Leone, where the company basis was formed.

They are looking at expanding to countries such as Liberia and Guinea in the future as they too experience major electricity accessibility issues.

Easy Solar has brought electricity to more than 50 000 people (8 000 households) to date. They are doing amazing work in allowing people to create a future for them and live sustainably in countries where basic resources are limited.

Their existing customer base is expected to save over 3.5 million dollars in the next five years by switching to solar power.

This is an incredible achievement and it has saved a lot of peoples businesses and even given people the means to be able to create businesses and in turn, jobs.

Companies such as Acumen and Gaia Fund, loans from Cordaid and SIMA funds and grants from MasterCard and AECF, are the basis of their funding.

Mosia now lives in Sierra Leone and she makes it her mission to help the community and to find other avenues where they can help to uplift underprivileged communities around Africa.

It takes people like Mosia to change the world. She is a great example to all and an incredible role model to young African women.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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