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Louise Bijleveld, an entrepreneur in Cote d’Ivoire building a clean technology business converting waste to energy

Africa’s need to find innovative and sustainable solutions to waste management and energy generation is growing, and for Louise Bijleveld, co-founder of LONO, that challenge provided the inspiration for a game-changing business.

What does your company do?

LONO is a clean technology start-up providing products and services for waste-to-energy. We have developed a product for households and SMEs called KubeKo. KubeKo is a solar powered bin that converts organic waste into fertilizer or biogas. For agro and food industries, we provide consulting services to advise on the most viable technology option to generate electricity from the waste available.

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More Fun Facts About Cote D`Ivoire

Take a glance on what Côte D’Ivoire could offer. This country is popularly known to be the Ivory Coast. Having three of the main attractions included in the UNESCO world heritage list, this makes the country an ideal place to visit. Take a turn in the coastal town of Grand-Bassam if you want to experience the cool breeze of the ocean and wanted to escape the busy streets of the city. Climbing the Mount Nienokoue, could be a great wilderness experience if you wish to have a memorable encounter with exotic animals. As you climb to the top, you could expect breathtaking views!

. The Republic of Cote d’Ivoire (previously known as the Ivory Coast) is a West African country that was once called the ‘teeth coast’ due to the trade in ivory. This West African country officially uses its French name, Côte d’Ivoire (pronounced kot dee-VWAHR).

Cote d’Ivoire is the world’s largest exporter of cocoa, which is used to make chocolate. It is also one of the largest producers and exporters of coffee and palm oil.

Cote d’Ivoire’s Tai National Park is an ancient forest and home to the pygmy hippopotamus. It is one of the last remaining areas of virgin rainforest in West Africa.

. Abidjan is the largest city in Cote d’Ivoire and serves as its economic capital. It is the third-largest French-speaking population in the world.

You don’t have to be a skilled climber to reach the 396 meters high top of “Mount Nienokoue” of Cote d’Ivoire. You’ll only need a good physical condition to walk the rough terrain in front of the mountain. Mount Nienokoue is located in the Southern part of Tai National Park, which has been a World Heritage Site since 1982. 

Notre Dame de la Paix, Cote d’Ivoire. Colossal cathedral rose following Rome Saint Peter Basilica pattern. It has a capacity for 18.000 faithful and its interior shows African art and motives.

Cote d’Ivoire’s Grand Bassam is now just a nostalgic relic of its heyday as capital of the French colony. You can find a lot of old colonial buildings most of them are run-down and decrepit but some of the finer buildings have been maintained as tourist attractions.

The basilica of Our Lady of Peace in Yamoussoukro, the “other” capital of Cote d’Ivoire, is worth a visit. Guiness says it’s the largest Christian church in the world. While this is not universally accepted, it is quite large … and quite strange, sitting in the middle of the Cote d’Ivoire as it does.

Source: Facts King

Dana Mroueh, an artisan chocolatier celebrating the quality of cocoa in Côte d’Ivoire through her wonderful raw chocolate brand

Côte d’Ivoire is renowned for the quality of its cocoa beans, but up until now, the world has not had the opportunity to widely celebrate those beans in the finest of chocolate forms. But that is rapidly changing as Ivorian artisan chocolatier Dana Mroueh and her company,MonChoco, are producing a very special raw chocolate brand and range of products that is exciting taste buds in the country.

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What does your company do?

We are an Artisan Chocolatier in Côte d'Ivoire. Our products are made from organic cocoa beans sourced from Côte d’Ivoire. We make raw chocolate to preserve the taste and the natural nutrient of cocoa beans. Our chocolate is very pure, it is made only from organic cocoa and brown sugar. Our approach is responsible and sustainable, trying to reduce our impact on the environment. For example, by reducing our energy consumption by crushing the cocoa beans with a power bike, using recycled paper, reusing the shelve of the cocoa... We truly want to enhance the Ivorian terroir, its culture and the forgotten farmers.

What inspired you to start your company?

I was inspired by my grandfather who is an outstanding entrepreneur.

Why should anyone use your service or product?

Mon Choco is different - it shakes up the taste of chocolate you are used to.

Tell us a little about your team

The team is mainly composed of women, dynamic and délicate at the same time.
It is long and meticulous work, especially to sort the beans one by one, to hand mould, and to hand wrap...

Source: Lionesses of Africa

Here Are Some 8 Interesting Facts About Cote d’Ivoire You May Not Know

The Ivory Coast also known as Cote d’Ivoire – was a French Colony until 1960. After it gained independence, it fell into civil war in 2002. After its independence from France in 1960, the Ivory Coast was peaceful and prosperous for more than 30 years. The agreement between the government and the rebels brought back peace to the country.

1. The capital city of Ivory Coast is Yamoussoukro.

2. Abidjan is currently the largest city in Ivory Coast. It used to be the country’s capital city.

3. 20.2 million people live in the Ivory Coast.

4. The country has 124,502 square miles of land.

5. The official language of Ivory Coast is French but many of their local languages are still used like Dioula, Baoule, Dan and Anyin.

6. Most people are Christian, Muslim, or follow a native religion.

7. The life expectancy is 57 years.

8. 47 percent of adults can read.

Source: Easy Science For kids

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