My interest in the promotion of solar energy in Switzerland started in 1994, and my involvement in Africa
dates from 2000. This new focus can be traced back to the solar Congress SUN21. It opened my eyes to
the fact that the vast majority of Africans live in rural areas with no energy source for their daily needs (for
cooking, washing, hygiene etc) apart from firewood. This is a major cause of the ongoing deforestation
which, in its turn, impacts global climate and thus the ecological balance of Europe and Switzerland.
SUN21 gave me the opportunity to meet many people dedicated to the promotion of solar energy in Burkina
Faso. After six years of preparation, a few colleagues from Burkina Faso and I founded the company Soleil
Burkina, with offices in Ouagadougou and Bobo Dioulasso.