FRES in Burkina Faso

Great light in Burkina Faso

In Burkina Faso, FRES supplies light and electricity by installing Solar Home Systems at households and small companies via the local company Yeelen Ba.

Yeelen Ba, which means ‘great light’ is active in the province of Kénédougou, an area with over 300,000 inhabitants. Kénédougou is just across the border from the area in Mali where Yeelen Kura is active. The living conditions in the adjoining regions are similar. Yeelen Ba is collaborating with the ACP EU-Energy Facility (9th EDF).

Introducing mobile payment

In 2014 Yeelen Ba was the first FRES company to work with a new payment system: mobile payment. Customers will receive a text message when their payment is due and can transfer the money easily by just pushing one button. This also improves the payment rate of the FRES company and makes it therefore more sustainable.

Situation in Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso is a Sub-Saharan country with 16 million inhabitants. The country ranks 181th in the most recent Human Development Index of UNDP, thus belonging to the poorest nations in the world. 86% of the inhabitants has no access to electricity.

Access to electricity

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Facts & figures

Year founded 2008
Shareholders 80% Nuon
20% FRES
Products and services SHS
Number of customers 3,365
Number of energy shops 11
Number of employees 30
Capacity 240 kWp

Infographic of customers Yeelen Ba

Management Yeelen Ba

Coen de Ronde Chairman
Bourama Keita Board Member
Jolan Dalati Board Member
Peter De Koning Board Member
Bourama Keita General Manager

Mr Traore Issa about Yeelen Ba: 

Mr Traore Issa is the representative of mobile payment company Airtel Burkina in the area of Samogohiri that is powered by Yeelen Ba:
I like the quality of the material that is used by Yeelen Ba, which is much better than that found on the local market. The impact of the services of Yeelen Ba has been very large for me: the monthly turnover is now about € 3000, while charging of mobile phones, photocopying for schools and the local administration, uploading video’s and music makes me earn more than € 1250 a year.

His wife just opened a small beauty parlor to increase the family income. Mr.Traore Issa has three children. His parents and his 5 brothers and sisters also depend on his income.


Mr Traore Issa