This Initiative is a Private Sector Energised India-US-Africa Sustainable Initiative

Ram Mohan is the Managing Director and Founder of ComAfrique and the initiatior of the ComAfrique Initiative. He is also the Honorary Consul General of India in The Gambia.

Dr Kushant Uppal, founder & CEO of InteliZon is a US Citizen, Educated at the Indian Institute of Technology ( Madras) in Chennai, India and thereafter at the University of Southern California - where he settled down for 20 years returning to India to create InteliZon and Intelligent solutions for Rural Lighting.

How ONE Dalasi ( 0.04US$) per Day CAN give you Light for Life

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Developing Sustainability in Villages - A Unique Initiative

Sustainability with Village participation ... driven by Entrepreneurship and Partnership. We can change the world we live in - in our own small way.

Governments should generate and bring light to all corners of the Country. Many development agencies insist that off-grid solar lights should be paid for and not given free. However Our UNIQUE Initiative strives to get the Private Sector / NGOs / or Governments to provide the instruments of Light to remote Villagers and thereafter let the Villagers sustain it by paying for the usage of light. We believe that just selling Solar Lights to Villagers is not the right way. If you want to make it truly sustainable, deliver the means to them and let them pay to sustain it. This is a better form of development.

How does providing sustainable light enhance Food Security?

Villagers who live in darkness, use daylight for income generation. With Light, they are able to enhance their incomes or productivity at night. Children are able to study at night and Education is the driving force behind development. Thus Light is the source of all development.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Rural Banking - driven by the ComAfrique-InteliZon Initiative

Our Inititiative got a pleasant boost two weeks ago when I met with Mr Ousman Njie of First International Bank at the Vineyard in The Gambia.  A call a few dys later and he was tthere with Mr Ijoma and Mr. Sawaneeh to discus the Initiative and in what way they could participate.  While FIB have proposed that they would sponsor two villages in the Foni District of The Gambia, they came forward with a unique proposal to assist the villagers in the Foni's bank the Village ZonLight Fund.  With this unique proposal, F I B have opened a gateway for villagers to understanding savings - in addition to managing their own lights.
F I B have proposed to depute their Bank Manager in the Foni's to each of the villages that have a Village ZonLight Fund, provide them with a Safe Box and on a monthly basis bank the amount for them.  Thats NOT all. They will also give the village an inerest on the deposits.
We commend F I B for participating in this Initiative.
Their participation has opened new avenues to the Initiative.
Ram Mohan

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