Today we took a depth look at a young man, named Patrick Ngowi who is beyond his years in vision and thought, his underlying passion that has yielded success which we discuss will be of great impact to you.
Patrick is one of Africa’s leading and most successful entrepreneurs. He owns a multi-million dollar company in Tanzania that supplies and installs all kinds of solar devices for clients across East Africa.
Interestingly, when he started he started the business, he had no technical background, and he then took it up as a challenge to study renewable energy. He was the person climbing on to roofs by himself to install solar panels for clients because he couldn’t afford to hire any employees.
In his word, he said “I did the business for 1 year and it was during that time, I spotted the long-term opportunity in solar and decided to venture into it. Initially, due to the technical background required in the trade, I had to study about renewable energy, focusing on solar power then set up shop with our first office in Arusha and embarked on domestic and small-scale installations. I did all the installations myself at the time.”
Ngowi is currently the founder of Helvetic Group which has sizeable stakes in companies that operate in diversified sectors to make up Helvetic Group of Companies.
Ngowi is the founder of the Light for Life Foundation, a non-profit social enterprise of which focuses on providing free solar and small wind power systems for youth and women in rural and off-grid parts of Tanzania. The Foundation works to create sustainable economic and business development opportunities for less privileged youth and women by providing new power outlets.