Mozambique Renewables: Akon in Maputo to launch rural electrification

Solar energy has boosted salaries and brought an influx of workers into towns like Pofadder,
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The Machel Fidus association and the Senegalese-American musician Akon have signed a partnership agreement for the implementation of a rural electrification project that will benefit the north of the country.

The launch of Akon Lighting Africa in Mozambique will take place today, Thursday, at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Maputo.

Mozambique is the first country in southern Africa to partner with the musician, with Machel Fidus and FUNAE strategic partners in the implementation. The implementation strategy covers renewable energies established by the Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy, MIREME, and with Mozambique’s National Energy Fund FUNAE portfolio.

Machel Fidus is a non-profit organisation led by young entrepreneurs Malenga Machel, Ìris de Brito, Víctor Zandamela and Mariano Paiva and  committed to the development and implementation of sustainable projects that improve the living conditions and economic and social inclusion of the most vulnerable in Mozambique.

Akon Lighting Africa seeks to provide a concrete response at grass roots level to Africa’s energy crisis and lay the foundations for future development. Launched in February 2014 by international music star, Akon, leader Thione Niang and entrepreneur Samba Bathily, this initiative aims to develop an innovative solar-powered solution that will provide African villages with access to a clean and affordable source of electricity.Source: O País / Akon Lighting Africa / Machel Fidus

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