Do you live to work or work to live? We spend most of our waking hours on the clock. So landing a job that makes you jump out of bed (rather than burying your head under your pillow) can make a huge difference in your life.
The trick is to find a role that inspires you — not a soul-crushing job that grinds you down. If you’re counting the minutes to 5 p.m. each day, it’s high time to reassess and rediscover your motivation.
Here are six East African companies to get you started. These workplaces provide an exciting mission, enthusiastic coworkers, and a positive environment. They prove that it is possible after all to truly love what you do.
5. Off.Grid:Electric (Tanzania)
This Arusha-based solar energy company is making the world a brighter place — quite literally. Their mission is to make “modern light and electrical services affordable to everyone”.
The company replaces dangerous kerosene lamps with pay-as-go solar energy. Their solar solution is cheaper and more convenient (you can top up with your phone!) than traditional power supplies. They also provide high-tech lithium batteries, so their clients get the most power for their shillings.
What’s more, they create thousands of jobs and support tens of thousands of small businesses and local entrepreneurs by helping communities go solar.
CEO Xavier Helgesen told AkilahNet that “the opportunity to dramatically improve the lives of over 1.5 billion people who live without affordable, safe, and clean forms of energy” makes Off-Grid’s work fulfilling. His favorite part about the company’s culture? Everyone prides themselves on excellence, he says. “At Off-Grid, we believe in delivering more in everything we do. We hold ourselves to a very high standard,” he explains.
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