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