Flame Tree Initiative

Social Entrepreneurship for African Development

The Flame Tree Initiative partners with African universities to foster scalable, socially-minded businesses that accelerate regional change. We believe that training, mentoring and launching development enterprises -- businesses that confront global development challenges -- is a potent way to contribute to the new, innovative era in Africa.

Teles Machibya


Originally from Mwanza, Tanzania, Teles did his graduate work at the University of Arizona in electrical engineering and he has expertise in alternative energy, notably solar systems.  While deeply involved with energy poverty issues, Teles also teaches courses in both Swahili and Africana Studies at the University of Arizona. He is the lead person on the University of Arizona’s prospective Rural Empowerment project in Mwanza, Tanzania.