One of the biggest challenges facing Africa and its citizens is access to clean and affordable energy. Young South African entrepreneur, Nthabiseng Mosia, co-founder of Easy Solar, has taking up the responsibility to solve this problem in her own unique way.
Nthabiseng is currently making impactful contribution to solving this challenge in Sierra Leone, a country particularly hard-hit by access to energy issues.
When speaking on what motivated her to start up her project in Sierra Leone, she said “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”
Easy Solar offers solar-powered devices on a rent-to-own financing structure. More than 87 per cent of Sierra Leone’s 6.4 million people live without electricity and, in rural areas, only 1 per cent have access.
Since launching operations in 2016, Easy Solar has provided electricity to over 30,000 people in the country.
Easy Solar produces a variety of solar devices including solar home systems with lighting, mobile charging and DC appliances as well as solar lanterns that can charge mobile phones and offer more than 24 hours of light on a single charge.
Mosia estimates that over the next five years their existing customer base will save $3.5 million by switching to solar.
She got her Masters degree in Energy Finance and Policy from Columbia University and her B.Sc. in Finance from the University of Cape Town.
Mosia who currently resides in Sierra Leone added a lot of achievements to her name including being on Forbes’ 30 Most Outstanding Young Entrepreneurs in Africa 2018, and one of South Africa’s 100 Most Influential Young People of 2017.