Boris graduated from Kigali Independent University in Rwanda, with a bachelors in Economics. Since 2011 he has been active in a world youth-run organization called AIESEC based in 126 countries and territories. He worked as an AIESEC vice-president in charge of finance and administration, through AIESEC he was able to engage the Rwandan youth into community based projects to address issues that are likely to affect the local community and events aiming to promote culture diversity among them, he also developed their leadership potential via AIESEC global network. Apart from that he also worked with a micro-finance institution and does freelance writing. He is currently working with non-profit organization called Spark Microgrants whereby he supports rural communities to run their social impacts projects.
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We all like to do our bit for the environment. We recycle, use kitchen waste to make compost, use reusable shopping bags, etc. These are all done in an attempt to decrease the usage of our planet’s resources and to reduce pollution. However, there might be more than you can do without even setting foot out of your home. When it comes to energy consumption, temperature regulation is one of the highest costs. We heat our homes in winter and cool them in summer.
It is estimated that 844 million people lack access to a clean drinking water service, 2 billion people drink water from a contaminated water source. Each year this leads to an estimated death rate of 502.000 people. Producing clean water is a very intense process that requires a considerable amount of energy and efficient technology to run the water purification process.
About 8.2 million trees were cut down for charcoal in Somalia between 2011 and 2017, globally 50.8 tons of charcoal were produced, with Rwanda ranked at the 73th position with 48,000 tons. Thankfully there are still ways to remedy forest degradation by providing alternative, innovative and clean solutions for fuel - biomass pellets.
Sri Lanka is one of the South East Asian countries that was devastated by civil war in the past years. On a postive note it ranks as the 4th country in the world for its large number of elephants. These beautiful animals are threatened by human activities such as ivory trading to generate income.
In Rwanda, a ‘Pico-hydro’ refers to a power system with a capacity less than 50kW. Their advantage over other power systems is their cost-effectiveness and simplicity, and come in different designs, planning and installation processes. It is an economical source of power that has proven useful in delivering clean energy to some of the world’s poorest and most remote places.