Laura El-Tantawy is an Egyptian photographer. She was born in Worcestershire, England, to Egyptian parents and grew up between Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United States. A graduate of the University of Georgia with dual degrees in journalism and political science, she started her career in 2002 as a newspaper photographer with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Sarasota Herald Tribune. In 2006, she became a freelance photographer so she could focus on pursuing personal projects.
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Ahmed Zahran, 34, is one of the founders of Karmsolar, an Egyptian solar energy business aimed at offering farmers and other people a cheap, reliable and environmentally friendly alternative to diesel powered generators.
To demonstrate what its systems can do, it has turned an area of formerly arid desert around its company’s headquarters at Bahareyah Oasis, 370 kilometers west of Cairo, into a model farm irrigated with groundwater supplied by one of its solar-powered pumping stations.
The company, whose name means “fruitful vine” in Arabic, was set up in 2011. One of its key long-term goals is to develop ways of allowing entire communities to live “off the grid” in a sustainable manner.