WHAT WE DO

Oolu is one of the fastest growing off-grid solar companies in West Africa.

Our mission is to replace dirty and expensive lighting solutions with sustainable energy alternatives for the 150 million people living without electricity in West Africa. 

Our vision is to be a leading energy and financial services provider to millions of customers in the developing world.

Our model, developed with local communities, allows us to offer high-quality solar products on an affordable financing plan. We are proud of our after-sales commitment, with replacement parts under warranty and customer service representatives who speak the local languages of our customers.

In Wolof, a national language of Senegal, Oolu means ‘trust’. By building trust with the communities in which we work, we can grow together.


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OUR IMPACT

Oolu is a venture-backed company with a social mission. We build trust with our clients to have a lasting impact in our communities. Our impact focus is on energy access, education, access to information and job creation.

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ENERGY ACCESS

Oolu’s solar home systems provide households with brighter, more efficient lights and in-home chargers at a small fraction of their standard monthly energy expenditure. We replace dim, low-quality flashlights and lamps with the best technology available. By doing so, we also eliminate the need for rural people to travel kilometers to nearby electrified villages to charge their phones. We believe everyone deserves affordable, reliable energy and that clean energy is the future.

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ACCESS TO INFORMATION

Oolu provides needed quality products and related services which act as a stepping stone to accessing information and connecting people. The ability to charge phones easily and conveniently provides children and families access to the internet, a means to connect with family and friends, and even business and employment opportunities. This is just the beginning. Oolu is committed to connecting people with the fast-paced, ever-changing world around them.

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EDUCATION

Everyone has a right to education and information. Lighting from Oolu’s distributed solar home systems allows children to study an average of one to two hours longer each night — the single most important advantage in the eyes of our clients.

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JOB CREATION

The renewable energy sector is on the fast-track to becoming one of the largest employers in Africa. Oolu chooses excited and motivated local employees and trains them through the Oolu Training Academy. In a fast-paced and exciting start-up environment, Oolu offers a creative space for thinking outside the box and ensures opportunity to a talented local workforce.

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FOUNDERS

Oolu was founded by Nilmi Senaratna and Daniel Rosa.

Nilmi was inspired after living and working in a rural region in Senegal in 2012. She saw children struggling with energy poverty, many of them studying under the light of a cell phone or with candles. In November 2014, Nilmi and Dan decided to solve the problem by creating Oolu. They bootstrapped initial capital and completed a small proof of concept, living in the village for 6 months to understand the needs of their clients. In 2015 they moved to Silicon Valley, lead Oolu through YCombinator, a Silicon Valley based business accelerator, and raised a seed round from investors. Later that year, with a small team, they completed their first pilot and officially launched the business in the West African region.

Oolu was one of the first firms to successfully scale PAYG solar technology in the West African market. To date, the company has grown from start-up to market leader in Senegal, Mali and Burkina Faso with operations in Nigeria.

As Geoff Ralston, Partner at Y Combinator, said:

Oolu has grown impressively quickly in one of the most unpredictable and difficult markets in the world. Nilmi and Dan have proven that they are smart enough, tough enough, and resilient enough to succeed in a challenging and fast-paced emerging market.

EXECUTIVE TEAM

Our Executive Team works to solve complex problems in one of the most challenging environments on the planet. The results are some of the best in the industry. Here’s a look at our executive team:

Dan Rosa  Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Board Advisor   bio...

Dan Rosa

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Board Advisor

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Doseke Akporiaye  Managing Director: Nigeria   bio...

Doseke Akporiaye

Managing Director: Nigeria

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Nilmi Senaratna  Co-Founder and Chief Business Development Officer, Board Advisor  bio...

Nilmi Senaratna

Co-Founder and Chief Business Development Officer, Board Advisor
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Vincenzo Capogna  Chief Technical Officer   bio...

Vincenzo Capogna

Chief Technical Officer

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Momar Ndiaye  Managing Director: Francophone West Africa   bio...

Momar Ndiaye

Managing Director: Francophone West Africa

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REGIONAL TEAM

Oolu has built one of the best distribution teams in all of Africa. We’ve attracted top management talent and provided hundreds of jobs in rural regions. Oolu prides itself on hiring over 90% West African staff. Here are our Regional Managers:

Ousmane Maiga  Country Representative: Mali  bio...

Ousmane Maiga

Country Representative: Mali
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Marieme Ba  Country Representative: Senegal  bio...

Marieme Ba

Country Representative: Senegal
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Henriette Diop Sall  Internal Controller  bio...

Henriette Diop Sall

Internal Controller
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Michael Malcorps  Director of Supply Chain  bio...

Michael Malcorps

Director of Supply Chain
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Aichatou Ali Mahamane  Country Representant: Niger  bio...

Aichatou Ali Mahamane

Country Representant: Niger
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Jacques Birane Seck

Chief Accountant
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Beatrice Teixeira  Head of Human Resources Department  bio...

Beatrice Teixeira

Head of Human Resources Department
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Laetitia Poelman

Director of Operations
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Thebean Gilfillian  Director of Finance and Accounting  bio...

Thebean Gilfillian

Director of Finance and Accounting
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BourahimaYameogo  Country Representant: Burkina Faso  bio...

BourahimaYameogo

Country Representant: Burkina Faso
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Oolu is headquartered in Dakar, Senegal and is active in 5 countries across West Africa!

If you'd like to know more about Oolu or have any inquiries, click the button and contact us. We'd love to hear from you!

 

Headquarters
Liberte 6 extension Nord, Lot N44 Dakar, Senegal +221 338690404

 

Mali
Faladie Sema - Extension Rue 889, porte 14, Contiguë a l'Agence SOMAGEP, Bamako

+223 44979090

Burkina Faso
Secteur 17 (ex 23), parcelle 17, lot 53, section DW, s/c10 BP 13923, Ouagadougou

+226 25672525

Niger
Village francophonie, vers la petite porte, derrière l'église ameen, CUN II, ilot 6426, Parcelle F, Niamey

+227 80042222

Nigeria
24a Olu Holloway St Off Kingsway Rd. Ikoyi, Lagos

+234 800665876527