Friday was a milestone day in the history of SunErgy as the company successfully completed a 5 000 000 Norwegian krone or a little more than half a million Euro share capital increase.
“This is how we planned from the very start” says the Mr. Haugen, chair of the board of directors and co-founder together with Dr. Skjorshammer, who serves as Managing Director.
“The idea from the very beginning has been to take in additional capital as we continued building” Mr. Haugen and Dr. Skjorshammer informs. “So far it has worked as planned. Existing shareholders contributed the money needed to finish the next villages. We interpret this as a vote of confidence in us, the worked carried out and the vision of SunErgy. Actually, we could have gotten more money, but this was what we needed this time”, they concluded, thanking all who support and take an active part in the future success of SunErgy.
Each Summer SunErgy accepts a group of students for internship in solar energy. This year five lucky engineering students from the University of Buea got the opportunity.
The students are being trained in all aspects of solar energy including solar power generation, transmission, distribution, the solar business and the SunErgy idea and vision. They also participate actively working in “SunErgy villages”
“Education is a cornerstone for future development and growth of Africa; the same with electricity. The two walk hand in hand” says Mr. Mike Fohba, Managing Director of SunErgy Cameroon and responsible for the training assisted by the Technical Director Mr. John Ngam and other staff members.
“During their three months training with us, they acquire a lot of knowledge and practical skills, which will turn them into better students, while also preparing them for the job market and future jobs,” Mr. Fohba concludes, himself a part-time engineering lecturer at the University of Buea.
Photo. Left to right front row: Ewo Gabriel Ojong, Library Barine, Nasumba Johnson Eboa, Ndumboh Adolforce N., Ngwa Noris.
Left to right second row: Mr. John Ngam, Technical Director, Mr. Mike Fohba, Managing Director, Mrs. Maria Kesam, Field Representative, Mr. Emmanuel Nkom, Administrative Director, Mrs. Grace Amoh. Finance Director.
On the 15 of August we will celebrate the one-year anniversary of switching on electricity in the village of Bokosso. In addition this past year we provided the people with access to cable TV and the Internet.
Enclosed you can read how the people have experienced the past year. We named it “The peoples voice”
We are hard at work electrifying villages enabling people to escape poverty, moving into a better and brighter future.
Yesterday (June 2) two solar containers were released from the harbor in Douala on record time. First time we shipped containers to Cameroon, we struggled for six months to have the containers released. This time it took only four weeks. Real progress.
One may look for the reasons are behind this “real progress”. It could be a combination of several factors. One is that things are improving and moving forward in Cameroon, which is great and encouraging for future developments. The second (and for sure), we have also learned a thing or two about shipping containers to Cameron and having them released without any major hick-ups or delays. Both important. Time for celebration! Soon more families will have access to electricity, moving out of darkness to a brighter and more prosperous future.
Enclosed are some pictures showing the containers arriving our HQ and lifted off the trucks and some of the employees celebrating the safe, sound and speedy release of the containers.
In the containers was also school materials donated by the French company Hamelin to be distributed to schoolchildren in the villages when school starts this fall.
We have just finished the booklet “African Village Entrepreneurship”. We got the ten first copies from the printer last week. As far as we know, this is the first booklet of its kind written for people who live in far off villages, such as deep in the rainforest of Cameroon.
On the video, we tried to present the book. I was talking, while Lana was making the video using her mobile phone. You could say that we arranged our own press conference in launching of the booklet. Hopefully you all understand and appreciate.
We will use the book at the various entrepreneurship training seminars we arrange and also give to people who want to start their own business. That it will bring inspiration and knowledge for a successful start up.
This is big for us, but it will hopefully prove even bigger for the people for whom it is intended.
Today (March 17) the next solar containers were loaded unto a ship destined for Cameroon and the village of Kotho. In a few months more than 500 families or 2500 people, plus schools, health centers and businesses will see an end to their nightmare, having electricity, cable TV and Internet.
Finally they access to the outside world and a real opportunity to escape poverty, moving into a brighter and better future.
Years of darkness ending! All for less than one Cameroonian beer per day! Light triumphing darkness!
It can not get much better than this?!
In Sub-Saharan there are 800 million more dreams waiting to come true. We are hard at work.