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Katherine Lucey

Katherine Lucey
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It is often argued that limitations are the fuel for creativity – innovation and ambition not being reliant upon access to technological tools or even much financial support. If the above idea is true, then Africa’s advances in the last five years are proof positive that willful ingenuity is the real backbone of groundbreaking entrepreneurial successes. CNN has been running an excellent series on African nations’ new role in devising ingenious uses for mobile phones – from banking to medical advice – and ways to harness renewable energy resources to help create better lives in many seriously impoverished areas.

The latest article details how a new initiative to be bring solar power to poor areas is helping those without electricity and empowering the women who are selling this unique service. Katherine Lucey is the founder of Solar Sister, an organization built around women helping poor communities escape ‘energy poverty’ by providing affordable solar-powered devices such as lights, and mobile phone chargers, ultimately helping those desperately in need of energy sources. Read the rest of this entry »

African Girl

“Technology, once again, is proving to be the great modern democratizer!”

It’s ironic that the African continent creates some of the most positive, innovative technological advancements, and at the same time most of its inhabitants don’t have function broadband capabilities. It’s been said that necessity is the mother of invention, and in Kenya at least, frontiers are routinely being pushed in regards brilliant ideas positively impacting lives. The BBC has recently run an encouraging reportage on how computerized stock lists, mobile phone apps and solar-powered medical boxes are bridging the gap between rich and poor and helping those in remote rural areas. Read the rest of this entry »

Africa

“60 per cent of Africans still live in rural areas and 80 per cent of those rely on groundwater systems…”

Recently reported in the news, scientists have discovered massive underground reserves of water throughout the continent of Africa. This initially seems like a fairy tale ‘science find,’ and in some ways it is. And it isn’t just Africa that is looking at a very serious problem in the upcoming years, with an exploding population and climate change to contend with. Water is becoming the new gold, and will increasingly be seen as a hugely precious commodity. So this find stands to change the lives of potentially millions of people in a poverty-stricken land? Yes, but as it is with many basic diseases that the west has dealt with long ago, the question is finding the finance to get to the water.

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