Abdoulaye Teguera

Kevin Nabaté Yimien


Abdoulaye Teguera

Residence/Home Town: Pâ, Burkina Faso
Objective: Be trained as a solar energy professional and obtain employment in that field.
Last Known Status: Started internship with a local solar energy company in November of 2017

Abdoulaye joined TSO in October 2017 at the age of eighteen. He comes from a poor family of seven children. His father is a butcher who owns a meat shop near the Pâ bus station and his mother stays at home taking care of their children. Revenues from the meat shop dropped dramatically in the past few years when the bus station lapsed into a state of disrepair and was no longer a crossroads for travelers; the decrease in traffic resulted in the closure of most of the retail businesses at the station.

Abdoulaye obtained his primary school certificate but was forced to withdraw from middle school (in grade 6) due to a lack of family resources. Needing to help his large family economically, and with few employment options, Abdoulaye began work as an artisanal gold miner. “An artisanal miner or small-scale miner is, in effect, a subsistence miner. They are not officially employed by a mining company, but rather work independently, mining or panning for gold using their own resources.” (Wikipedia, Artisanal mining,” accessed July 13, 2016) Artisanal gold mining is dangerous, exposing workers to contagious diseases and the risk of landslides. Abdoulaye efforts very often resulted in fruitless searches and, subsequently, a meager income. Since gold mining was risky and provided no substantial gain, Abdoulaye returned to help his father at the meat shop.

In November of 2017, Abdoulaye began his internship with Ouagadougou-based La Source Nouvelle to be trained as a professional solar energy technician.

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Kevin Nabaté Yimien

Residence/Home Town: Kopoï, Pâ Department, Burkina Faso
Objective: Be trained as a solar energy professional and obtain employment in that field.
Last Known Status: Started internship with a local solar energy company in November of 2017

Kevin Yimien joined TSO in October 2017 at the age of twenty. He comes from a poor family of ten children, some of whom are his siblings and others his cousins who his parents adopted when their father died.

Kevin, his parents and all the children work on the family farm in the rainy season. The land at Kopoï is fertile, despite being rugged (with small hills and pebbles). The rich land is ideal for growing cotton, but growing this crop requires know-how and financial investment to succeed – most households in Kopoï, including Kevin’s family, lack the necessary resources to take advantage of this opportunity.

Kevin obtained his primary school certificate and completed his grade 6 high school courses but, as with all his siblings, he was forced to withdraw from school due to a lack of financial resources.

In November of 2017, Kevin began his internship with Ouagadougou-based La Source Nouvelle to be trained as a professional solar energy technician. When his training is complete, he will be responsible for helping the village of Kopoï maintain the solar equipment to ensure the sustainability of the project.

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