FRES advances electrification in rural areas of Africa by establishing commercial electricity companies under local management. Households and businesses in remote villages are reached through a gradually expanding network of energy stores and mobile service agents. In 2019, FRES companies had a combined customer base of more than 20,000, reaching a total of 100,000 beneficiaries.

FRES Mali – Yeleen Kura

Yeelen Kura, meaning ‘new light’ in Bambara, was established in the Sikasso region in 2001. In recent years, it has expanded to the neighboring regions of Ségou and Koulikoro. Besides solar home systems (SHS), it operates 14 mini grids and a set of solar water pump installations.

FRES Burkina Faso – Yeleen Ba

Yeelen Ba, meaning ‘great light’ in Bambara, started in 2008 in Kénédougou, the eastern province of the Hauts-Bassins region. After expanding to Houet, the company is now extending its service to the neighboring regions of Boucle du Mouhoun and Cascades.

FRES Uganda

From its beginnings in Mbarara district in 2010, FRES Uganda has grown rapidly and now covers 18 districts in southwestern Uganda. Two thirds of the company’s SHS users are businesses while one third is households. It also services customers living in three refugee camps.

FRES Guinea-Bissau

FRES Guinea-Bissau was founded in 2011 and initially operated in the eastern Gabú region. Following expansion in recent years, the company now covers the whole southwest of the country. Since 2017, it has operated a multifunctional mini grid in Contuboel, Bafatá.

Yeelen Kura
(FRES Mali)
Yeelen Ba
(FRES Burkina Faso)
FRES Uganda FRES Guinea-Bissau
Founded2001 20082010 2011
Customers7,1842,842 5,975 4,793
Beneficiaries36,000 14,00030,00024,000
Staff (FTE) 67287071