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African start-ups bag global awards for advancing green agenda

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Three African-based start-ups on Monday scooped prestigious awards for their contribution to low-carbon growth on a continent that is battling climate change-linked disasters like droughts, floods and habitat loss.

Each winner of the 2018 Ashden Awards that seeks to reward organizations for promoting green economy will receive up to 28,000 U.S. dollars to help scale up their scope of work.

Sarah Butler-Sloss, Ashden’s Founder Director, underscored the critical role of partnerships to spur innovations in the green energy field and help reverse devastating impacts of climate change.

The Nairobi-based Angaza, a pay-as-you-go provider of clean energy products to off-grid communities, won the financial and business model innovation award.

Angaza has been providing a platform that enables clean energy products like solar lanterns and solar home systems to be remotely controlled and run on pay-as-you-go basis.

Lumos Global that is based in West Africa has provided households and firms with an innovative, cheaper model of paying their solar energy bills through mobile phone network stores.

The organization won the Energy Access Frontiers Award and is expected to expand its outreach to off-grid communities in West Africa.

MASS Design Group that has a large presence in Rwanda won the International Sustainable Buildings Award for its contribution to green architecture in Africa.

Judges hailed the social enterprise for becoming a standard bearer in design of buildings that are realigned with social and environmental needs of local communities.

             

 

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