Oumy Ngom is one of the proud winners of the ENERGIA Women Entrepreneurship Award, getting the chance to share her experience at the SEforALL Forum in New York, 3 – 5 April 2017, and going home with a prize of €1,000 to support her business.
ENERGIA rewarded five women from Asia and Africa to recognise their outstanding work and encourage them to perform even better in the future. Oumy is one of those women who, having demonstrated her motivation and desire to develop economic activities within her community, won the opportunity to share her experience as a woman entrepreneur in Eastern Senegal at the 2017 SEforALL Forum in New York, and go home with a cash prize to support the development of her business.
A sales agent of solar lanterns and improved cookstoves in the outskirts of Tambacounda, Senegal, she also runs a food processing unit operate by her women’s group.
When I started selling solar lights and improved cookstoves, I didn’t realise I could also use these products to increase the production of my agricultural processing unit. The stoves are great for processing jams and others products in a timely, healthy manner. With the prize, I would now like to invest in more renewables such as solar panels to power the unit.
All nominees have been actively engaged in the Women’s Economic Empowerment Programme for at least one year and have been continuously running a profitable business for at least three quarters of a year. They have all demonstrated clear and positive changes in the development of their businesses, and are leaders in the communities and role models for other entrepreneurs.