FRES in Mali, Sikasso

New light in Mali

With Yeelen Kura, FRES has been active in the southern provinces Sikasso and Ségou since 2001. The head office is located in Koutiala.

With Yeelen Kura, FRES has been active in the southern provinces Sikasso and Ségou since 2001. The head office is located in Koutiala.

Yeelen Kura, which means “New Light” in the local language Bambara, supplies light and electricity to households and small companies via Solar Home Systems (SHS). Furthermore, the company builds and operates mini-grids powered by solar energy.

FRES in Mali screenLoyal customers

Toneque Traoré has been a customer of Yeelen Kura for more than 10 years. He runs a school in Koutiala, where children from miles around take lessons in French and mathematics. “At the time, I was immediately convinced of the advantages of solar energy. Previously, we only had a few oil lamps. These were expensive and produced relatively little light. Now that we have electric lamps, it is also possible to teach in the evenings. The heat is more bearable in the evening. And we can now offer the children more hours in education and create separate classes per age category.”

Power provides economic activity. For instance, Sheikh MIIe from Mpessoba started a business where people can charge their mobile phones. He has chargers in all shapes and sizes. Even when Sheikh only has three customers a day, he has sufficient turnover to pay the monthly contribution for the energy services that Yeelen Kura provides. On good days, twenty to thirty customers come by to charge their mobile phone, so he makes a good living with his retail trade in energy.

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Situation in Mali

Mali is one of the biggest countries in West Africa. The country has 20 million inhabitants and holds the 182nd position on the most recent Human Development Index of the UNDP. The overall electrification rate for Mali is 35%, dropping to an estimated 20% in rural areas.

Since 2018 attacks by Islamist groups against civilians, atrocities committed by the army during counterterrorism operations, and ethnic violence killed hundreds has precipitated a humanitarian crisis in Mali.

Facts & figures

Year founded     2001
Shareholders     100% FRES
Products and services     SHS and solar mini-grids
Number of customers     7,184
Number of energy stores     15
Number of employees     56
Capacity     553 kWp

Management Yeelen Kura

Coen de Ronde  Chairman
Djibril Séméga  Board Member
Symon Miedema  Board Member
Djibril Séméga  General Manager


Yeelen Kura opens 4 new Minigrids in 2020

In 2019, the company started on the construction of 4 new solar power plants in Fakola, Beleco, Diéna and Dogoni (in the SE of Mali) and are to be finalised during Q1 and Q2 of 2020. These plants were made possible through funds of the European Commission and FRES and works were entirely conducted by the team at Yeelen Kura.

The project mainly aims to generate 320 KWp for 1200 subscribers.

For the latest updates and more information about Yeelen Kura please click here to go to their direct website.