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Meet Mr. Mohamed Abdulkadir and Paul Mwara of African Tech Renaissance in Chandler

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mr. Mohamed Abdulkadir and Paul Mwara.

Mr. Mohamed and Paul Mwara, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Well, in all honesty I’ve always been interested in going back to my roots and helping out my country but that turned into helping my continent. I started to work on my project with few friends during my first semester at Mesa Community College.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has not been a very smooth road. Due to my age and inexperience with non-profits it’s been a tough hill to climb but I’ve received help through it all. I am committed to making this project a very successful one. Also monetarily speaking it’s been a hard project because I’m building this from ground up.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about African Tech Renaissance – what should we know?
A start up around social change/social justice to rural communities via Social Media (African Tech Renaissance). Provide clean energy to the growing economies of Africa. Find local people with entrepreneurial skills in rural communities. Provide them training (technical) and a bit entrepreneurial and help them to build a small scale solar business to support this community. At the same time build a localized tech hub center where people can share and learn using the latest computers, smart boards and books. Objective is to extend the presence of Solar in Africa to reduce CO2 emissions and provide a sustainable source of electricity to the remaining 70% of the African population that remains unconnected. I am proud that we are helping people help themselves. And what sets me apart is I’m not doing this for reward or any compensation this is totally for the greater good of all.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
I think my ability to understand the needs of people and my own story of growing up in Africa have shaped my perspective on people and how I am willing to help people by helping themselves.

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