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Algerian Clean Energy (ACE) powers ahead with installing solar power systems in Sahara
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Algerian Clean Energy (ACE) powers ahead with installing solar power systems in Sahara

We are a social enterprise that provides installations of residential solar photovoltaic system in areas that do not have access to electricity. Sixty kilometers from the capital of Algeria in Bordj Menaïel, lives Walid Amrous. During his search for work after his studies, he travelled far to find a job, as far as to the ...

Ivoire Myciculture: cultivating oyster mushrooms in Bingerville
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Ivoire Myciculture: cultivating oyster mushrooms in Bingerville

Our vision is to feed the population while preserving the environment for the generations to come. During the summer of 2019, the logistician Aka A. Ange Roland came across tiny bundles of oyster mushrooms in Bingerville, 10 kilometres east of Abidjan, the capital of Ivory Coast. Only two years after this discovery, with the support ...

A small artisan family business in Bouira, Algeria
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A small artisan family business in Bouira, Algeria

We hope to provide individuals with different ranges of body care products that are handmade, regenerating their skin whilst protecting their health. The pricky green fruits, known as cacti, taste sweeter than they look. A 2017 study by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) showed that these prickly pears could be the answer ...

Collaborative farming in Maluku, RDC
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Collaborative farming in Maluku, RDC

Our country can cultivate their own agricultural products. Initiatives like Le Bulb Farm strengthen that belief. Nathan Kamba, born in Lubumbashi, République Démocratique du Congo, was preparing for a recipe in which he needed milk. While browsing through the supermarket aisles, he discovered that the only milk cartons offered were imported from China. He thought ...

Rethinking plastic packaging in Kinshasa, Congo
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Rethinking plastic packaging in Kinshasa, Congo

President John F Kennedy once said: “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country” With 7,000 tonnes of waste thrown away daily, including 1,500 tonnes of plastics, Kinshasa its waste is a major source of pollution for the African Great Lakes region. This year, the capital ...

The future of drones in Moroccan farming
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The future of drones in Moroccan farming

Our goal is to modernise agriculture and other sectors using multifunctional drones, and the only way forward is to keep working on our project. Born in a family of farmers, Mohamed Belkora was standing in the middle of 260 hectares of farmland in Rabat, Morocco, when we interviewed him. Showing trees setting fruit such as ...

Pape, surfboard sharper and instructor of Sunugal Surfboard Repair
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Pape, surfboard sharper and instructor of Sunugal Surfboard Repair

When I first learned how to make a surfboard from scratch, I liked it so much, I knew I wanted to do it for the rest of my life. The beaches of Dakar in Senegal are unexplored and uncrowded and serve waves for all abilities. The surfing spots are located along the coast north of ...

Holiveg: the go-to shop for healthy recipes, beauty and plant-based products
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Holiveg: the go-to shop for healthy recipes, beauty and plant-based products

In 2017, Shumoos Ghanim established the Iraqi Vegan Society to satisfy the demands of vegans in Iraq (which mans, eating, using or containing no food or other products derived from animals). At that time, she had been vegan for more than three years. But she found out that there wasn’t much variety of flavours in ...

ElZtouna: an e-learning platform in Upper Egypt, pairing teachers with students
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ElZtouna: an e-learning platform in Upper Egypt, pairing teachers with students

ElZtouna’s services have come in handy during the pandemic as it gives students access to an educational platform, serving as an alternative model for traditional higher education. Abdelrahman Ezzat, hailing from Asyut City, joined the Orange Corners Upper Egypt’s first cycle in March 2021. He had 5 years of working experience at multinational companies, especially at the ...

Arwa Sameh, founder of Maan: win-win for all parties involved
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Arwa Sameh, founder of Maan: win-win for all parties involved

Maan means together in Arabic. I chose this name because it illustrates the connection we have with our customers, community, local organisations, members and suppliers. Arwa Othman – اروى عثمان مركز تنموية grew up in Assiut, Upper Egypt and is a young and inspiring leader for her district. She is the founder of Maan, a ...

Orange Corners Egypt celebrates graduation of first 28 entrepreneurs in Cairo and Assiut
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Orange Corners Egypt celebrates graduation of first 28 entrepreneurs in Cairo and Assiut

We look back at a festive September month in Egypt, as Orange Corners Egypt celebrated the graduation of 28 entrepreneurs from its first incubation cycles in Cairo and Assiut. On 13 September, Orange Corners Upper Egypt welcomed 16 entrepreneurs to the stage during a physical ceremony in Assiut to receive a certificate celebrating their achievement. ...

Ti Naturel: saving Ivorian vegetables to make savoury sauces
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Ti Naturel: saving Ivorian vegetables to make savoury sauces

The strength of Ti Naturel is that we preserve the authentic taste of Ivorian vegetables in an innovative and sustainable way. Marie Ange Christelle Kouassi, a born and bred Abidjan former computer engineer, had 13 years’ experience in vegetable farming before launching Ti Naturel (“It is naturel”). Her strong passion for agriculture and eagerness for ...

Orange Corners and Ingenious City teamed up: Ecosystem mapping in Burundi
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Orange Corners and Ingenious City teamed up: Ecosystem mapping in Burundi

In response to a request from the Netherlands embassy in Bujumbura to better understand the entrepreneurship ecosystem, Orange Corners and Ingenious City teamed up to conduct a mapping of this ecosystem in Burundi. Ingenious City is our leading implementing partner of the Orange Corners program in DRC. It is a place where change agents work ...

Agro-business in Ivory Coast: from production, processing to distribution of cassava
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Agro-business in Ivory Coast: from production, processing to distribution of cassava

The OC programme has helped me to gain more visibility due to the marketing workshops, articles, social media publications and other forms of publicity done by Orange Corners and their private partners. Gislain Kouakou never thought of showcasing his own products in several convenience stores, supermarkets and small shops. But only three years after he ...

Akhdur: saving greens through solar dehydration
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Akhdur: saving greens through solar dehydration

We equip small and middle sized farmers with locally manufactured drying units and market access services to produce shelf stable, ready to be eaten by consumers. Agriculture remains a crucial sector in the Sudanese economy, accountable for nearly 95% of the Sudanese exports. Unfortunately, 40% of the domestic agricultural production goes immediately to waste. The remedy? Reducing the post-harvest losses, for example by ...

Intrapreneurship is the gateway to innovation
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Intrapreneurship is the gateway to innovation

At Orange Corners, we strive for innovation and impact at the ecosystem level. Therefore, we would like to offer our local private partners the opportunity to take part in the adventure that is intrapreneurship. Our partners benefit from the ability of making use of the Orange Corners incubation programme, which has already trained over 800 ...

Ecowaste: increasing awareness of managing waste in Sudan
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Ecowaste: increasing awareness of managing waste in Sudan

Ecowaste combats an important societal and environmental issue in Sudan by improving waste management, providing environmental services and integrating the direct population. With an architecture degree in her pocket, the 26-years-old Rahma Ali was nescient of the business world when she entered the Orange Corners Programme in 2019. She first participated in the EmpowerHer workshops organised ...

Designing, producing and distributing products made possible by disadvantaged women in Khartoum
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Designing, producing and distributing products made possible by disadvantaged women in Khartoum

I would like women to obtain their own training and production centre, creating something for themselves and thus attaining a higher and better quality of life. Leila has always been interested and engaged in creating opportunities for her community. One day on a local market in Khartoum, she saw Betoul sitting on a chair while ...

Any kind of service, only one click away
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Any kind of service, only one click away

As an entrepreneur, you are responsible for the results you deliver. For Darnafees, it means that our entire team pays a lot of attention to the orders we receive in order to ensure the highest standards and quality. Imagine being able to request any service of choice, as dishwasher, washing machine or refrigerator reparations, or ...

DowaQa: a cultural and innovative food journey
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DowaQa: a cultural and innovative food journey

DowaQa is all about making, transforming and enjoying food with the products and people you have around you. In the next five years, I hope DowaQa will be the pioneer of a healthier and more inclusive food Sudanese industry and culture! Our mind has no limit. We learn by doing and need to innovate to ...

Connecting gift lovers with small local businesses
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Connecting gift lovers with small local businesses

“Hadyari’s aim is to promote a culture of love, collaboration and peace and create a market for the local workforce to boot.” Rebin was explaining one day to his colleagues how much time it costs to buy and wrap a gift for my mother. It bothered him. Contemplating on this concern, a big idea came that ...

Providing innovative organic food solutions for optimum health in Ghana
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Providing innovative organic food solutions for optimum health in Ghana

Our vision statement is to become a global nutrition, health and wellness company that achieves better health for the majority of Ghanaian population by 2030 Bright and Millicent’s vision for the next ten years is to become considerable contributors to public and global health development in Ghana. This started when in 2006, Millicent, was diagnosed ...

Safeguarding and cultivating the future of Akuapem through coffee
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Safeguarding and cultivating the future of Akuapem through coffee

Asili is an enterprise that is unique from production to distribution due to its the strong community based association and value chain. Access to quality coffee is, according to John, not a privilege, but a right. It is more than a cup of joy for some, it is a necessity. But the question to ask: ...

Tagreebi: merging art, design with technology
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Tagreebi: merging art, design with technology

In 2014, when Ahmed Abdelaziz and his team presented an installation on the Venice Architecture Biennale, it was the first time that Egypt presented its own architectural pavilion after years of political turmoil. As a commissioner, Ahmed was proud to present his project focused on the crosspoint between modernity and the history of architecture in ...

Uniting Egyptian history with art and design
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Uniting Egyptian history with art and design

The Gawad sisters, Rasha and Sara, decided to pursue their childhood passion in art and fashion design 10 years ago. They were intrigued by the dying art of the hand-woven textile industry and traditional loom weaving, the antithesis of fast-fashion production. The place of origin of their hand woven textiles is Akhmem, a small village ...

Alojinha: using recycled materials to make sustainable products
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Alojinha: using recycled materials to make sustainable products

“Entrepreneurship can pave the way for enhancing a sustainable and prosperous ecosystem in young Africa, but therefore entrepreneurship integration should be put at the forefront of our countries” Diná Manuel has been interested in design since a young age, studying art and design in Portugal, before working in England as a market researcher and music ...

Digital Intelligence Language: leading information technology startup in Angola
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Digital Intelligence Language: leading information technology startup in Angola

The services of DIL bridges the gap between the businesses’ challenges and the role of intelligent systems that can serve as solutions. When Abílio was only 8 years old, his dad offered his brother an old computer, familiarising the family with computer systems. From that moment on, Abílio’s interest for computers and how they work, ...

Ecotutu: achieving food security and driving sustainability in Nigeria
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Ecotutu: achieving food security and driving sustainability in Nigeria

My team is committed to provide access to clean and affordable cold chain solutions, while creating a profitable and sustainable business that increases local employment and improves environmental wellness The agricultural sector is the principal driving force of the African economy, securing employment for two thirds of the continent’s working population. However, 45% of the ...

ORANGE CORNERS CÔTE D'IVOIRE CONGRATULATES OCIF WINNERS
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ORANGE CORNERS CÔTE D'IVOIRE CONGRATULATES OCIF WINNERS

Earlier this month, Orange Corners congratulated another group of successful participants of the Orange Corners Innovation Fund (OCIF) at Orange Corners Côte d’Ivoire. The OCIF aims to improve access to finance for start-ups that are enrolled in the Orange Corners incubation- and acceleration programmes. The funding enables entrepreneurs to further establish innovative business solutions which ...

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