Easy Solar from Sierra Leone was chosen by the World Economic Forum (WEF) to receive the Schwab Foundation Outstanding Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award last week. Easy Solar, an energy startup in Sierra Leone, was recognized as a leader of global social innovation for 2019 along with 19 others across the world. In just three years since it launched, Easy Solar has hired over 500 and made electricity accessible and affordable for more than 200,000 Sierra Leoneans.
Easy Solar was founded in 2016 by Alex Tourre, Nthabi Mosia and Eric Silverman. These innovative leaders will join a global network of 350 outstanding companies from more than 70 countries worldwide that make up the Schwab Foundation Community. The trio will participate in WEF meetings and initiatives. “We are proof that socially responsible businesses are not only possible in Sierra Leone, but also viable,” said Nthabi Mosia, who is the Chief Customer Experience Officer at Easy Solar. The Easy Solar team will engage in peer-to-peer exchanges with fellow social entrepreneurs and make contributions to global, regional, and industry agendas in close collaboration with other stakeholders of the World Economic Forum for three years.