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Israeli Solar Power: A Literal Light Unto the Nations

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An Israeli organization is bringing water purifying and solar power technologies to 147 African villages, helping many break the cycle of poverty.

Bringing drip irrigation and solar power technologies to villages in eight African countries and lifting millions of people out of extreme poverty, an Israeli nonprofit organization called “Innovation: Africa” is literally a light unto the nations.

The organization was founded in 2008 by Sivan Ya’ari, who says she was motivated by the poverty she saw during her first trip to parts of Africa at age 20, where she worked for a company that manufactured jeans. “The more time I spent in the villages, the more I realized that the main challenge, and the reason Africa is in poverty, is the lack of [access to] energy,” she said of that trip.

Some 620 million people across the African continent do not have access to electricity or running water. This means unlit homes, no refrigerators, and no fancy medical appliances. Ya’ari said she realized that “if we bring energy, we can solve many of the challenges” that Africans are facing and improve education, health, and access to water.

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