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The story starts 30 years ago in the heart of the Sahel, where I was faced with the problem of development, in the especially dramatic context of the great drought of the 1970s. It was around this time that the VERGNET Hydropump was invented, as part of a participative development process that preceded the concept of sustainable development, which is now well recognised. Also around this time, I had the idea of using the sun and renewable energy sources to produce the energy required for pumping and the basic needs of rural communities.

After 20 years of experience in these two fields, in particular as Renewable Energy Official in France, I decided to quit the civil service and embark on the adventure of enterprise. Together with three partners, our first steps were taken in a caretaker’s room.

This was the birth of VERGNET, in 1988.


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