Firelight is a unique philanthropic fund set up to support catalytic community- based organizations in Africa that are working to build smart, sustainable and scalable solutions to the challenges faced by children and youth. We partner with major foundations, family foundations and individual philanthropists to find, fund and strengthen local community organizations that are addressing significant gaps and opportunities for vulnerable children in Africa.
Proximity Designs is a not-for-profit social enterprise working to help reduce poverty for rural families in Myanmar (Burma). They design and market products and services that low-income farmers purchase and use to help increase their incomes. The organisation sells foot-powered irrigation pumps, water storage tanks, drip irrigation systems, solar lighting and farm advisory services. Proximity distributes its products and services through a network of private sector agro-dealers and independent village-level agents that reaches approximately 80 percent of Myanmar’s rural population.
The company’s mission is provide sustainable energy and financial services to the 150 million people living off-grid in West Africa. Leveraging business solutions to address energy poverty and financial exclusion, Oolu provides high-quality products, local-language customer service, and market-adapted finance plans to rural communities across the region. With ambitious plans for regional growth and product innovation, Oolu remains focused on creating energy access and financial inclusion for all, creating new opportunities for off-grid communities.