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Africa GreenTec Foundation e.V.

Tanja
May 17, 2023

Welcome to the Africa GreenTec Foundation e.V.´s landing page which is  currently under construction (www.foundation.africa greentec.com). Our organization is a non-profit founded in 2016 by the founders and employees of the Africa GreenTec Group in Hainburg, Germany.

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While Africa GreenTec is a social business focused on technical solutions for renewable energy, the Africa GreenTec Foundation primarily works towards empowering vulnerable communities such as women, children and refugees by providing access to educational programs and promoting sustainable development in the field of humanitarian aid. The foundation’s capacity training programs focus on providing skills and knowledge to individuals and communities, particularly in the areas of agriculture, entrepreneurship, and energy. By empowering vulnerable communities in this way, the foundation aims to help them become more self-sufficient and less reliant on external aid.We strive to move beyond traditional development aid by creating a co-operations that fosters a mutual learning process.

In contrast to classic development aid, the association develops projects in which the assets are financed with donations or subsidies, but the operation and sustainable management of the project is financially self-supporting, so that the users of the project earn a sufficient income from the asset.

Mission

The Africa GreenTec Foundation is dedicated to providing humanitarian and development aid in Africa, with a particular focus on empowering women, reducing post-harvest loss, and implementing cold chain solutions. As the philanthropic and charitable part of the Africa GreenTec Group, we work towards improving the livelihoods of sub-Saharan African communities through innovative and sustainable solutions. Our organization is committed to addressing key challenges related to energy access, food security, and water scarcity. Our approach involves leveraging technical solutions, facilitating networking opportunities, offering education and skills workshops, and partnering with local organizations to empower vulnerable communities and foster a sustainable and prosperous future in Africa.

Key activities

  • Providing sustainable energy solutions to underserved communities
  • Reducing post-harvest loss
  • Self-sufficient energy supply for medical facilities
  • Promoting women’s empowerment
  • Collaborating with local organizations and communities to ensure successful implementation of projects
  • Providing education and training programs to empower individuals and communities to be self-sufficient in meeting their energy needs.
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Values

At Africa GreenTec Foundation, we value inclusion and recognize the expertise of the communities we serve. We work collaboratively with them to create tailored solutions that are impactful and sustainable. Our goal is not just to provide aid but to empower people to become self-sufficient and generate their income.
We are a passionate team committed to creating lasting change. Our new approach involves training and business models that promote economic independence. We believe that true sustainability requires a holistic approach, which is why we provide financial literacy and training programs to create new economic opportunities. By breaking the cycle of aid dependency, we’re creating a brighter future for African communities.

We prioritize cooperation with other actors to achieve long-term, sustainable success. We measure project success against the Sustainable Development Goals and communicate transparently with our stakeholders. We believe that working together is essential to achieving our mission and creating a better future for Africa.

 

Projects

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Africa GreenTec ImpactSite N'diob, Senegal

The Africa GreenTec ImpactSite is an innovative solution that interconnects power generation, cooling, water treatment, and communication components to empower local communities in a sustainable and self-determined way. 
The AGT Foundation, in partnership with the Wilo Foundation, supports the financing of the drinking water components of the ImpactSite in Ndiob, Senegal. Additionally, AGT Foundation provides training and income generation workshops for the community, particularly women. Our approach listening to their needs and ideas and finding solutions together. We’re excited to work with the women’s associations and learn more about their business ideas.

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SOCHILI x Africa GreenTec Foundation e.V.

The Africa Green Tec Foundation and SOCHILI have come together to bring electricity to the people of N’diop, Senegal, where over 50% of the population live without access to electricity. Through their efforts, they are enabling farmers and their families to have access to electricity for the first time, improving their quality of life and opening up new opportunities for them.

In an innovative approach to fundraising, SOCHILI has launched a range of chili sauces that not only add a spicy kick to your meals but also help empower the farmers. Each purchase of a SOCHILI chili sauce donates one day of electricity to the farmers, allowing them to power their homes and businesses.
This initiative is not just about providing access to electricity, but it also aims to promote sustainable and clean energy solutions. By providing solar energy to the farmers, they can reduce their dependence on fossil fuels and contribute towards a cleaner environment.

Through the 1=1 campaign, customers can make a tangible difference in the lives of the farmers and their families.

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#Cooltainer4women

Promoting Gender Equality through Entrepreneurship. Africa GreenTec Foundation promotes entrepreneurship in various focus areas. One of them is the development of business models with people (especially women) in rural areas, with the aim of enabling people to earn a regular income that provides access to energy services and solutions with a sustainable, long-term perspective. In partnership with the World Food Program (WFP) and the Ministry of Gender, Social welfare and children, we implemented the Cooltainer4Women project in The Gambia.

Cooltainer4women focuses on training women to run their own business, using self-sufficient, solar-powered, walk-in refrigerators to store and preserve fruits, vegetables, and other perishable foods. The project aims to address the lack of suitable cold storage, boost self-confidence, and support the retention of up to 30 existing local businesses through value chains and business-to-business opportunities. 

In February 2023 The Africa GreenTec Foundation team arrived in Gambia to install the Cooltainer4Women on location. A training workshop was conducted, successfully training 10 fish processors on how to operate the Cooltainer. 

We believe that empowering women entrepreneurs is crucial to promoting sustainable development and reducing poverty in the region. By promoting gender equality and empowering women, we believe that our work can contribute to building more resilient and sustainable African communities.

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The Cooltainer4Refugees

The project aims to address the lack of suitable cold storage facilities in refugee camps. In UNHCR Refugee Camp Mbara in Mauritania, which hosts over 120,000 refugees who have fled Mali due to ongoing terror, oppression, and climate change effects, the refugees face challenges of not being able to return to their hometowns, lack of job opportunities, and basic amenities like electricity and cold chains. With no proper means of storing perishable foods, 40 % of the fruit and vegetable harvests in sub-Saharan Africa go to waste, and smallholder farmers and retailers in the region also suffer losses due to spoilage of their produce.
The Africa GreenTec Foundation is addressing this issue by installing a Cooltainer in Mbara by fall 2023.Africa GreenTec’s Changemakers Program is a comprehensive initiative aimed at empowering local farmers and entrepreneurs in Africa. Through the program, we provide training, resources, and a global network to nurture resilient agriculture and promote entrepreneurship, ultimately working to end hunger and poverty in the continent.

Changemakers Program

Our Program focuses on empowering local farmers and entrepreneurs. Through farmer training, online and offline events, and counseling to fill a directory of local suppliers in Africa, we aim to increase the consumption of family farmed produce and products and promote local marketing that is profitable for everyone in the value chain.

In partnership with the Ghana Food Movement, we’ll be organizing the first in-person forum on local production in West Africa. The forum will bring together stakeholders to discuss the potentials and challenges of local consumption in their region.

Through our industry food tours we want to connect chefs, retailers, politicians, and rural producers, establishing partnerships that will help promote sustainable agriculture and end hunger and poverty in Africa. By working in collaboration with all stakeholders, we strive to create a brighter future for our continent while valuing and celebrating its unique food culture.

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The project aims to address the lack of suitable cold storage facilities in refugee camps. In UNHCR Refugee Camp Mbara in Mauritania, which hosts over 120,000 refugees who have fled Mali due to ongoing terror, oppression, and climate change effects, the refugees face challenges of not being able to return to their hometowns, lack of job opportunities, and basic amenities like electricity and cold chains. With no proper means of storing perishable foods, 40 % of the fruit and vegetable harvests in sub-Saharan Africa go to waste, and smallholder farmers and retailers in the region also suffer losses due to spoilage of their produce.

The Africa GreenTec Foundation is addressing this issue by installing a Cooltainer in Mbara by fall 2023.Africa GreenTec’s Changemakers Program is a comprehensive initiative aimed at empowering local farmers and entrepreneurs in Africa. Through the program, we provide training, resources, and a global network to nurture resilient agriculture and promote entrepreneurship, ultimately working to end hunger and poverty in the continent.

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Opportunities and Difficulties of Young Malagasy People

Herinajaina
February 15, 2023

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In 2018, the population of Madagascar was estimated at 26 million. Approximately 42.5 percent of the population is younger than 15 years of age, while 54.5 percent are between the ages of 15 and 64. Those aged 65 and older form 3 percent of the total population. That means, young people take in a wide range of malagasy people. It seems like Madagascar has a bright future if it will profit from this opportunity.
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Young Malagasy people are very familiar with education.They are smart and have a good attitude for learning but they have some difficulties in their study.

The lack of awareness about how important education has been a bad experience for Malagasy people. It is still acceptable and takes a large space in Malagasy society that studying for a long time is not really necessary. When you know how to calculate and how to read, that is enough for your life, especially in the rural areas.

In addition, the quality of education in Madagascar has to be improved because it is still too old. It is not compatible with the modern way of teaching.The school kits have never done an update to the newer tools and they are not enough. For example, the old equipment is still used at school such as the old books and the others but they are not interesting anymore and It is not motivating for the learners.

Young Malagasy people don’t have enough access to the new technology especially to the internet to search for something that we want to get more knowledge about because the mobile data or the Wi-Fi are very expensive and the mobile network is only working well in some parts of Madagascar especially in the city but not everywhere like in rural areas.

At last but not least, the lack of electricity is one of the greatest problems in Madagascar. It limits Malagasy people to do lots of things from their daily life until their career, especially for young people because access to electricity remains low with about 23 % of the total population. In the rural areas, only about 18 % have access to electricity. The installed capacity of electricity production in Madagascar accounts accordingly for some 650 MW only (production in 2008 = 486 GWh). That’s proof that Madagascar has a very low electricity access rate compared to other countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Moreover, from my story, I grew up in a small village in the countryside which does not have access to the internet and a good education. Although we have electricity, it is not sustainable because most of the time the power cut is coming. In addition, there is not much infrastructure in our village such as a university, hospital, public bookstore, cyber cafe, etc…

However, I have had difficulties in my entire life, especially in my studies, so I must move to Tana to carry out my education after I got my BAC degree a few years ago but It is not easy to live in the city, you have to rent an apartment for living and to have something else what you need, for example: food, school fees, etc… .So you must pay up to 200,000 Ariary per month. From my point of view, I think that it is not affordable for everyone owing to the price of life. I have had an experience that is why I study in the morning and have a part time job in the afternoon.

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However, young Malagasy have a lot of energy and potential for doing several things. We are motivated to study new things.
We have natural resources such as endemic wildlife, mines, and wide terrain to profit from compared to other young people around the world. Besides, we have a capacity to do something extraordinary within them. So we have many chances to achieve our goals such as being a tourist guide, biologist, anthropologist, etc.

Young malagasy people have already been rewarded for what we have to do for our nation. We will give the best we can do as much as possible but empower us if you are interested ! We will change the story of Madagascar together. We need your help!

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Rebranding, Thanks to You!

Katharina S.
July 27, 2022

At Africa GreenTec, we are always trying to improve, not only in terms of our products and services, but also with respect to our image and communication. The brand of a company is a decisive factor for success; in the best case it creates recognition and trust. In order to discuss the further development of our brand with you and to find out what you, as part of Africa GreenTec, think about this issue, we have launched two surveys in recent weeks. At this point, we would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who participated.

The evaluation of the survey was very helpful and we have put some thought into your comments. Now we are happy to present you our results of these successful surveys:

Your Associations With Us as Africa GreenTec

But let’s start from the beginning: first we asked you about the values you associate with Africa GreenTec. Clear winners are: Sustainability, Impact, Climate Protection and Empowerment. These four values stand for Africa GreenTec and play a big role in our work and philosophy. A positive and sustainable impact for our customers and the climate is our central mission. We look forward to achieving this mission with you.
Some values, such as diversity and women’s empowerment, tended to be associated less with Africa GreenTec in the survey. However, these topics play a big role in our work, and we try to reflect this to the outside world. As we might not quite have succeeded in doing this in the past, we have been working on improving our methods. Or maybe you have some ideas? Then let us know!
But you also connect other values and themes with us, like:
“Fuck and change the system” and “at eye level with partners in Africa”.

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Why "WE DO."?

We wanted to know which statement or claim you associate most with Africa GreenTec. By a wide margin, our claim “WE DO.” is way out in front.

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Results of the survey

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WE DO.” stands not only for the literal translation “we do / we make”, in our opinion, but also for empowerment, innovation and authenticity. Just as important as the DO is the WE, because only with our partnerships, with you, our community and our clientele together can we achieve sustainable impact.

We work to empower as many people as possible. In doing so, it is central for us to meet our clientele at eye level. We value cultural Differences as enrichment. For optimal understanding and exchange with each other, we communicate with our clientele in their language and in a manner adapted to their culture.

We also want to provide people with the means to cope with the climate crisis. After all, the areas where our clientele live are already severely affected by the effects of the climate crisis, and yet a large proportion of their electricity is generated by diesel engines.

For us, innovation is not only what we ourselves offer in terms of solutions, such as our ImpactSites, or ImpactProducts. But also the possibility to act globally and to combine technology and different cultures as a German social enterprise.
Authenticity is at the heart of everything we do. We like to use platforms like social media, our website, events, but also our crowdfunding to give people the opportunity to participate and be part of what we do (what WE DO.). We want to inspire people with our work and encourage them to take action together for a better future.

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Our WE DO. Hoodie

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What Is Happening With Our Logo?

Why are we even considering changing our logo, some may ask. One reason is that Madagascar is missing from the map of Africa in our current logo. This is not only a problem because Madagascar is of course a part of Africa, but also because we as Africa GreenTec work in Madagascar. Since the end of December 2020 we have been active in Madagascar and have started our first pilot project together with our partner Polarstern. 

On the other hand, our current logo does not work optimally digitally, for example on mobile devices and social media, because it is very small and so individual details like the solar panel pattern are no longer recognizable with a small display. You see it the same way: “The solar panel pattern is not clearly recognizable as a solar panel.” Therefore we are happy that about 80% of you can understand our decision to adapt the logo.

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Results of the survey

We don’t want to completely redesign the logo, but rather evolve it and keep the core elements that make it. On this topic you were unanimous, almost 88% think that the recognition value of our logo lies in the representation of the Africa map. This opinion is a great benefit for our work, as we can have been discussing for some time whether and how we want to redesign our logo. Therefore, we are leaning towards a simplification of the logo, which many of you also see similarly:

“A bit cleaner, less details…”
“Too complex, should be simpler…”
“Simplifying”
“simpler would be cool”

We’re not quite sure yet what our new final logo will look like, but we’re working on it and hope to present it to you soon.

A New Coat of Paint for Our ImpactProducts!

We have been thinking about new Solartainer®, Cooltainer® and ImpactProducts colors for a while now. Although we really appreciate our previous colors and are aware that many people associate the yellow-green-red containers with us (according to our survey, almost 40% associate this traffic light combination with Africa GreenTec), we have decided on a new color combination.

At that time, we derived the yellow-green-red color combination from the colors of the Pan-African flag. But this color combination is often misinterpreted. Many people in our project countries associate these colors with the national flags of Mali or Senegal, which leads to problems in other markets where people also want to see our products in their national colors. But we want our ImpactProducts to look the same in all markets. This is not only more efficient, but also better for the recognition of our brand.

But which colors did we choose? The decision was neither easy for us nor for you! In the first survey we saw that some of you really like the existing yellow-green-red color combination, yet over 50% voted for the yellow-green combination. That’s why we thought to start a second poll with a runoff between these two options. The result was a clear decision of almost 80% in favor of the new combination of yellow and green.

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Results of the survey

Green stands not only for us, but also in the general public for sustainability and a “green vision”, which we strive for with our work. Yellow on the other hand symbolizes the sun, the driving force of our company.

Accordingly, we may now present our new product design to you here, using our solar container as an example:

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The new colors using the example of the Solartainer

What We Generally Learned From the Survey:

The survey was a final important step for us to share our ideas with you and test assumptions. When we adapt our appearance, it is never for an end in itself, but the goal is always to be able to work more efficiently and address all our target groups equally without excluding anyone. Our ideas and their implementation are mainly managed by our international Brand Communication Team, with as few external service providers as possible, for an authentic brand and cost-efficient processes.
Africa GreenTec lives from the community, our employees, our clientele, investors and above all from those who give us their attention and trust. Therefore, it was important for us to involve exactly these people in our decisions about our strongest brand symbol. The result is one that we feel comfortable with and can identify with. So a big thank you to all the people who support us and took part in our surveys!

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Christians and Muslims Fast Together in Senegal

Tanja
April 16, 2022

Since September 2021, Africa GreenTec has a subsidiary in Dakar, the capital of the beautiful Senegal in West Africa. One of the reasons we chose Senegal for a new office is that the country is one of the most stable and peaceful countries in Africa.

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Senegal is a secular state with a predominantly Muslim population and a democratic government. Religion and faith take an important place in the daily lives of the people of Senegal. Islam in Senegal belongs to the branch of Sufism. It is the main religion in the country, with about 94 % of the population adhering to it. Christians (mainly Catholics) make up 5 % of the population. Other traditional faiths are officially practiced by 1 % of the population, especially by the Serer, but members of other religions also frequently participate in traditional practices. Freedom of religion is protected by law in Senegal. Senegalese culture is generally religiously tolerant. This year, Christian Lent, or Passiontide, and the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan take place at the same time.

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Christian Lent
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the forty-day period of Lent in the Western Church and especially in Catholic-influenced countries. This period is traditionally a time of repentance and conversion and is intended to remind us of Jesus’ forty-day fast in the desert before he began his public ministry. Lent also prepares for the most important feast of Christianity – the Feast of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ (Easter).

Muslim fasting month Ramadan
Fasting during the month of Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam. For practicing Muslims, it means 29 to 30 days of abstinence from sunrise to sunset. The last third of the fasting month is the time of Lailat al-Qadr – the Night of Destiny – when, according to tradition, Quranic verses were first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad. Many Muslims then pray throughout the night, hoping for forgiveness of their sins. In addition, good deeds are especially highly valued during Ramadan. Ramadan is followed by the three-day festival of Id al-Fitr, when the fast is broken, with large family celebrations and gifts.

Fasting at Africa GreenTec-Senegal

At our Africa GreenTec office in Senegal, we have both Muslim and Christian employees who are currently fasting. We asked Elsa and Idrissa what fasting means to them and what is special about this time for them.

I fast to relate to the sufferings of Jesus and also to be closer to him. It also has health or medical benefits. In the past, Catholic fasting was very strict. Usually you only drink a glass of water and eat one piece of bread a day. It is very hard and you have to be physically fit for it. Nowadays, fasting is very individual and depends on the person who is fasting. There are no standard rules. But here in Senegal, many Christians abstain from food and water during the day. It's not just about abstaining from food, but rather about getting better and better, avoiding sins, and that goes beyond the fasting period. For me, it's a time of meditating and reflecting, questioning myself. You also go to confession and lay down your sins. It's also about communicating with God and sometimes just sitting in silence and listening to God.

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Christianity was introduced to Casamance (region in southern Senegal) first by Portuguese missionaries and later by French priests.

The Catholic community is mainly found in Casamance, in the Sérère region and in the major cities (Dakar and Saint-Louis). Their annual pilgrimage takes place in the city of Popenguine. There is also a Protestant church in Senegal, but the number of believers is very small. While fasting was quite strict in the early centuries of Christianity, with only one meal allowed after sunset, reforms over the centuries have relaxed it so that Catholics simply abstain from meat on Fridays, for example, and sometimes from favorite foods such as sweets or alcohol.

For all Muslims who are physically able, it is an obligation to participate in Ramadan. I fast to be closer to Allah (God) and for my wishes to become true. We Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset. But it's not just about abstaining from food. We learn to have empathy for those who do not have the privilege of eating one or more meals a day. We give up passions and it brings the community together.

Idrissa Moundor Sarr, Construction Manager Junior – AGT Senegal

Islam has been present in Senegal for more than 1,000 years and was introduced by the Kingdom of Takrur. The first people converted as early as 850 through contact with Muslim traders from the north.

During Lent, on Fridays, "The Way of the Cross," which are the special stages in Jesus' life, are reenacted in church. It's quite nice to remember the sufferings of Jesus. During Lent, everyone makes a special effort and maintains an extremely peaceful coexistence. Everyone just wants to have a good time and is nice to each other.
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Cathedral of Dakar (Tanja Scheffler)

For me, the hunger aspect is what is special. I come from a family where I always had everything. So I don't know hunger. That always makes me think and I get to understand how other people feel, especially during Ramadan. "For me, the hunger aspect is what is special. I come from a family where I always had everything. So I don't know hunger. That always makes me think and I get to understand how other people feel, especially during Ramadan.

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Mosque in Dakar (Tanja Scheffler)

For Christians, Lent ends this Sunday with Easter. Muslims fast for a few more weeks. Ramadan begins and ends exactly when the crescent moon is visible again for the first time after the new moon, which varies from country to country.

We are grateful that peaceful coexistence is possible in Senegal and that this is also reflected in everyday life at Africa GreenTec. We wish our colleagues continued strength and joy in fasting and happy holidays with their loved ones.

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Escape From the Sahel to Europe, How Access to Electricity Makes a Difference

Katharina S.
March 22, 2022

Imagine it’s 40 degrees, the sun is burning your skin, a diesel engine is groaning in the background, on the verge of exhaustion. Despite the scorching heat, your thoughts circle around questions about the future. The questions are pressing, they won’t let you go: when can I expect the next rain? How long will I be safe? And how can I create a better future for myself?
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Sahel – From Atlantic Coast to Red Sea

The Sahel region, or the Sahel (Arabic ساحل “coast” or “shore of the desert”), describes the transition zone between the Sahara in the north and the wet savannah in the south. A large part od the Sahel is formed by the states of Senegal, Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger.

The Sahel is full of history, culture, dance, music and above all, full of people who love, laugh and celebrate. However, the inhabitants of the Sahel also have to cope with difficult circumstances and political tensions.
Due to the geographic location of the Sahel, special climatic conditions prevail. The characteristic long periods of drought and infrequent heavy rainfalls, which cannot be absorbed by the dry and hard soil, make agriculture difficult. Due to non-existent or unreliable, expensive water pumps, rain-fed agriculture is often the only option. This is a form of agriculture in which the water for the crops is provided by the rainfall and no additional artificial irrigation is used. As a result, farmers are forced to move every 2 years to avoid overuse of the soil. This is usually not possible for financial reasons and lack of food, so after a few years of use the field becomes ‘dead’. Thus, the productive and is not only subjected to severe circumstances, but also becomes less and less. In addition, according to FAO, about 40 percent of fruit and vegetable harvests spoil due to lack of refrigeration possibilities. As the climate crisis continues, so does desertification. Desertification describes the spread of the desert, which affects many people in the Sahel. In the course of this, an area of land roughly the size of Baden-Württemberg is lost every year.

For the steadily growing population – having many children is a kind of old-age provision – this not only causes a poverty problem, but also a great shortage of food. As a result of the existence-threatening circumstances and the hopeless future, some people see themselves forced to earn their living through criminal activities, such as illegal cigarette, drug and human trafficking. Various terrorist organizations also operate in the Sahel, taking advantage of the unstable government situation and ethnic tensions. Thus, assistance from non-governmental organizations is often blocked or even prevented.

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Many people in the Sahel have a strong desire for change, reconstruction and finding solutions to problems and causes in their homeland, but the countries’ weak infrastructure often does not allow this. Therefore, the only option for many people is to leave their own homeland. In the last two years, the number of internally displaced persons alone has increased 4-fold, more than ever before. IDPs are refugees within their own country, fleeing specific regions or counties. Neighboring countries often face similar challenges as their own, so many hope to end up in Europe. Young people in particular take on the life-threatening journey because they see so little future for themselves in their own homeland. But according to the UN, at least twice as many people die on the way to the Mediterranean alone as in the Mediterranean itself. On the way, many people have to cross the desert or areas where war is raging. There they are often at the mercy of human traffickers, torture and imprisonment. But even if refugees manage to make their way through the desert and the Mediterranean, this does not mean that they will be allowed to stay in Europe in the long term or that they will be accepted at all.

The large movement of refugees from the Sahel is by no means a new development. For decades, hundreds of thousands have been fleeing out of fear, desperation and especially the lack of prospects in their own country. The only long-term solution: a fundamental improvement in living conditions on the ground.

New Prospects for Change

In order to provide opportunities for better living conditions in the future, governments must provide basic resources and features (e.g., education, infrastructure) that ensure at least adequate supplies of food, for the population.

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One resource in the Sahel that has been almost untapped to date is sunlight, which can be converted into electricity through solar panels. Access to sustainably produced electricity forms the basis for sustainable development in the countries of the Sahel. Even small amounts of energy have a strong positive impact on the quality of life of the people. By increasing electricity consumption, productivity is increased, creating more jobs and raising incomes.

People would also have the opportunity to use the internet through access to electricity, which can provide better education for young people in the Sahel, helping them to become more empowered. Better education will further support the countries’ economic growth.

Farmers also benefit from access to solar power, enabling them to run water pumps to irrigate their fields regularly, or to preserve food for longer through solar-powered refrigeration options. They would no longer be dependent on rainfall or aging diesel generators, which are costly to maintain and unreliable. In addition, diesel is expensive, so only a minority of people can afford to run an engine, and if they do, it’s only for a few hours a day. The use of solar power could accordingly provide more stable sources of food without fear of the next crop failure or the rapid perishability thereof.

Thus, access to electricity would not only be part of the solution to food shortages in the Sahel, but would also give young people a perspective. In addition, better training of skilled workers would positively impact the economy. By solving these basic problems that threaten the existence of the Sahel, conflicts within the Sahel would be equalized, thereby providing people with security in their own countries, as well as preparing the ground for new, more stable governments.

And this is exactly where we as Africa GreenTec would like to tie in with the solution approach of solar energy. We are trying to go a step in the right direction by offering people in the Sahel the possibility to use sustainable renewable energy. In addition, villages gain the opportunity to use solar-powered cooling systems for food, and we also support farmers by providing water purification and irrigation systems.
With our Solartainers, not only private households have the possibility to use electricity, but also companies, e.g. that of Modibo Traore (you can read his ImpactStory in our ImpactBlog) as well as social institutions, such as schools or hospitals. In this context, we try to create jobs especially locally in order to train skilled workers and further develop infrastructures. With the focus on this productive power, Africa GreenTec’s approach differs decisively from pico-solar systems, which merelyoffer private households the possibility to use chargers or LED lamps.

Currently, we are supporting over 20 villages in Mali and Niger (soon also in Senegal, Chad, and Madagascar) with solar power and are working daily to offer more people in other countries the opportunity for sustainable energy. In the villages we already work with, we have found that our work and products are generally well received and have a positive impact on the lives of the villagers, such as Diessira Diallo (you can also read her ImpactStory on our ImpactBlog).

The People on the Ground: Customers Instead of Recipients of Donations

It is essential for us to meet the people on site at eye level, therefore we do not give away or donate our services. Prices and wages are adapted to the respective locations, so that an ImpactSite is as self-supporting as possible and can be maintained.
The big goal is to prepare new chances for people, companies and farmers and especially to create life perspectives for the next generations. It is important to us not to start short-lived projects in the respective villages, but to strengthen or build long-term structures.
This is how we try to give young people in particular hope for their own future and the opportunity to build a life in their homeland.

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Our Solartainer in N'diob

A stable energy supply for the inhabitants of the Sahel means that many people are no longer dependent on the next rainfall, old diesel engines cobbled together or the time of day. With these assurances, there is a chance that the conflicts in the countries will be equalized and that people will feel safe again in their homeland instead of taking the risk of migrating.
Solar energy might not solve all problems, but it gives people in the Sahel an opportunity that they would otherwise be denied. An opportunity that is commonplace for us: stability and future prospects in their own homeland – which means they no longer have to flee from it and can build a life locally.

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Two Major Awards in Two Days: Africa GreenTec Wins Sustainable Impact Award and Torsten Schreiber Is Honored As a “Vordenker” [Intellectual Pioneer] by Portfolio

Marie
September 08, 2021

Within only 2 days Africa GreenTec respectively Torsten Schreiber, our CEO and Founder, was awarded with two prestigious prizes: the “Vordenker” Leserpreis 2021 of portfolio institutionell Verlag (to Torsten Schreiber) and the Sustainable Impact Award (to Africa GreenTec). We are incredibly happy about these two great recognitions and would like to tell you a bit more about the prizes and their awards in the following.

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The Winner of this Year’s Portfolio Institutionell Verlag Reader Award Has Been Announced: Congratulations, Torsten Schreiber!

Our CEO and Founder of Africa GreenTec, Torsten Schreiber, has won this year’s 2021 Readers’ Award of portfolio institutionell Verlag and by a large margin!

We are very happy about this great recognition and would like to thank all people involved. Every year, the editors of portfolio institutionell put five personalities up for election, on whom the readers of the trade magazine can then vote. The fact that we have convinced the readers of portfolio institutionell with our work this year makes us very happy and only strengthens our conviction that we are going the right way with our company.

We appreciate this honor very much, especially since the award primarily honors thought leaders who have rendered outstanding services to institutional investment through personal and political commitment and who have initiated groundbreaking innovations.

At Africa GreenTec, we think holistically. We see that aspects such as environmental and social impact, climate protection, development aid, mitigating the wave of refugees, renewable energies, energy efficiency and creating prospects for people are mutually dependent, and we try to create the greatest possible impact and sustainable empowerment in each area. This is probably also what ultimately convinced the readers of portfolio institutionell about their choice.

On September 1, the time had come. The readers’ award ceremony was held in Berlin. Aida and Torsten Schreiber, Wolfgang Rams (COO and Co-Founder) and Jörg Puschmann (Senior Manager, Crowdfunding) made their way to Berlin to receive the prestigious award in person.

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Every year, the reader award is the first award of the evening to be presented. With great pleasure, Torsten accepted the award on stage at around 9 p.m. and then had the opportunity to say a few words to the audience. The award was presented by the editors and the sponsor of the reader award category.

It was an exciting evening with many new acquaintances who share the vision of a better and more sustainable world for all of us. Especially in times of the Covid-19 pandemic, it was nice for all participants to exchange ideas face to face and to rethink the future together. We are therefore very happy that our work is appreciated and it feels good to exchange ideas with other motivated people who want to join us on the way to a more just and sustainable future. Thank you for supporting our vision and standing behind us! Only together can we make a difference!

If you are interested in the topic “institutional investment” in general, please have a look at portfolio institutionell, have fun!

Second Award for Africa GreenTec: Winner of the Sustainable Impact Award in the Category “Impact on Earth”

And there is another piece of good news: Besides winning the Vordenker-Preis 2021 of portfolio institutionell Verlag, we are now officially the winners of the Sustainable Impact Award in the category “Impact on Earth” of Wirtschaftswoche. Another great appreciation that we are also hugely happy about.

With the “Sustainable Impact Award”, Wirtschaftswoche and Generali support the relevance of corporate sustainability and show how the course for sustainable business models and social responsibility is already being set in German SMEs. The aim of the initiative is to honor SME pioneers in the field of corporate sustainability.

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The awards are a great appreciation for medium-sized companies that assume social and ecological responsibility

The “Sustainable Impact Award” is based on personal initiative. Medium-sized companies that believe they meet the selection criteria can apply for the award. All submissions are then carefully reviewed and evaluated by scientific partners using a developed methodology. A top-class jury then decides on the winners.

Furthermore, there are several categories at the “Sustainable Impact Award” or SIA, for short. Besides the categories Impact on Humans, Impact of Product and the two special awards SME EnterPrize and THSN NewComer (Refugee Start-Ups), there is the category Impact on Earth, for which we are nominated this year.

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Impact on Earth Category

The SIA Award 2021 in the category “Impact on Earth” honors medium-sized companies that particularly address issues such as environmental pollution, the burning of fossil fuels and the negative consequences of climate change, and that develop holistic and innovative solutions for a sustainable, planet-friendly economy without “greenwashing”.

The awards were presented on September 2, 2021. The winners of the categories were personally invited to Düsseldorf and could thus receive the awards live on stage. All others who wanted to follow the award ceremony live could do so virtually through the livestream.

Every day, we work with high motivation on the realization and implementation of our vision and are very happy when our work is appreciated, especially by other people who are active in social entrepreneurship. We strongly believe that sustainable and responsible businesses are the way forward and we are happy to be part of the change.

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Wolfgang Rams accepts the "Impact on Earth Award"