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About Qorax

(pronounced "ko-rah")

Qorax is a solar asset financing and distribution company that unlocks value for investors and consumers in frontier markets. We work through local management teams to create access to vital electricity service for the people who need it most. Our portfolio companies operate in Somaliland, Somalia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and are expanding quickly.


Sleep Right to Stay Healthy and Energy: Sleep Positions to Live For

Who Knew Your Sleep Position Could Mean the Difference Between Life or Death?

Who Knew Your Sleep Position Could Mean the Difference Between Life or Death?

When a person sleeps, it can literally mean the difference between life and death. How you sleep can affect your internal organs in a way many people do not realize, until it is almost too late. A person sleeps one of three ways; on his back, on his stomach, and on his side. Each method has its benefits as well as drawbacks. During menopause and night sweats, you can use a cooling pillow, choose the appropriate for your sleep position. Let's take a look at what each position can do to help as well as harm your body.

The Prone Position or the Stomach Sleeper

This is what stomach sleeping is called. This position was named as such because it was once believed in the olden days that a person who sleeps on his stomach makes himself prone to attack. However true this may be, there are other implications to stomach sleeping. For example, do you have acid reflux? If you do sleeping on your stomach can make your symptoms much worse, as doing so can smush your esophagus and force the fluid up and out. This can cause severe burns in your throat over time, which may result in unwanted but essential surgery to remove the damaged tissues or prevent blood vessels from rupturing. Studies have also shown that this acid can cause esophageal cancer over time if the reflux is left untreated for too long. Sleeping on your stomach can also lead to back and neck strain from sleeping too frequently with your bones out of alignment with your head, and neck turned to one side or another for too long.

Lateral Decubitus or the Side Sleeper

This is also known as the fetal position because the habit of one who sleeps on his side is to pull the knees into the chest the same way a fetus does when in the womb. This position is rated as second best when a person has specific health problems. For example, of those who sleep on their sides, the ones sleeping on the left side are taking pressure off the heart helping it to beat stronger but without so much work. This is an excellent position for the lungs as well because side sleeping creates more room for the lungs to expand when sleeping. Pregnant women should sleep on their sides as well because it takes pressure off the umbilical cord, thus making it easier for more oxygen to pass through to the fetus.

Supine Position or the Back Sleeper

Those who sleep on their backs should do so as flat on the mattress as they can. If you choose a pillow, it should be one clinically proven to keep the head and neck in alignment with the rest of the spine. This eases pressure on the spine and ultimately makes the aches and pains go away.

This is also the preferred position because it gives all of the organs a chance to relax when sleeping. It makes it infinitely easier to breathe, and the kidneys and liver are not so crowded, and the blood flows better as well. For those who have trouble sleeping on their backs, using a wedge or pillows to prop you up at a 45-degree angle will help relieve the tension on your lungs as well. This is especially useful for those with cold and acid reflux.


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The Opportunity in Numbers

20
Percentage of the world population not connected to grid electricity
14
Billions of dollars that will be invested annually until 2030 to increase modern energy access
3
Percentage of annual global energy investment that $14 billion represents
1
Number of people in billions that will still be without electricity in 2030

Leadership

Rallying organizational and technical experience to drive job growth and promote clean tech. We believe in economic empowerment and the politically transformative potential of distributed energy generation as a key driver for ensuring the long-term resilience of neglected communities.

Managing Partners

ABDISHAKUR MOHAMOUD

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ABDISHAKUR MOHAMOUD

C. NICOLAS DESROSIERS

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C. NICOLAS DESROSIERS

NIGEL A. CARR

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NIGEL A. CARR

Board of Directors

CAUAM CARDOSO

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CAUAM CARDOSO

PETE PEDERSEN

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PETE PEDERSEN

AYANDA BAM

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AYANDA BAM

Advisors

ERIC VERPLOEGEN

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ERIC VERPLOEGEN

CLAUDIA SCHWARTZ

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CLAUDIA SCHWARTZ

RAJIV NAIR

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RAJIV NAIR

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What people are saying

  • Qorax Energy is a creative and dynamic partner as we combat Somaliland’s high unemployment and high costs of electricity.

    Dr. Ahmed Hussein Esa, President of Abaarso Tech University
  • Qorax Energy’s approach presents great opportunity for the people of Somaliland.

    Adam Diriye Egal, Somaliland's Deputy Minister of Commerce
  • Qorax’s efforts coincide with the Ministry of Energy’s plans to guide the utilization of solar power and support the Somaliland government’s environmental goals.

    Suleiman Abdullahi, Somaliland's Director of Energy

Portfolio

600 million live without access to clean, affordable lighting in Sub-Saharan Africa. But the reality is that 25% of these people will never receive solutions because they live in areas that are perceived as too risky or remote. Qorax was founded to bring vital electricity access here, first and foremost in Somalia, Somaliland and the DRC.


Best Ways to Do Nasal Irrigation


Have you ever heard of nasal irrigation? Many people are now suffering from chronic sinusitis and allergies. The common discomfort issues associated with these include headaches, pain, and clogged sinuses leading to a more significant problem, infection. The usual remedy for most people is to purchase over-the-counter medicines as a relief for pain and then watch the symptoms lessen. But now, there is an increasingly popular remedy in America, which is nasal irrigation.


To do nasal irrigation, you can try something modern, like Navage or Sinupulse, or you can choose a Neti Pot. This is a tiny, round teapot-like object but with a more extended spout at the bottom. Most of these come in ceramic form, although there are some, which are made of clay, glass, and plastic.


Nasal irrigation with the use of Neti Pot is a centuries-old practice. This has been used by yogis in India or Eastern Asia who used these to clean nasal passages for their breathing exercises. The word, Neti Pot, actually comes from the Sanskrit word 'Jala neti', which can be translated to mean nasal cleansing.
The Westerners have only adopted nasal irrigation in the late 1920s and early 1930s to clean their sinuses. Currently, nasal irrigation using Neti Pots has made a comeback. Neti Pots are now sold fast in most retail stores that sell these products.


Using the Neti Pot is a healthy way of doing nasal irrigation to address common illnesses like sinusitis, sinus infections, allergies, nasal drip, and stuffy noses that are related to cold or flu. It is also used to clean nasal cavities from harmful bacteria and viruses causing infections and allergies.


There are easy steps to use a Neti Pot. It is advisable to do nasal irrigation at least once a day in two to three days per week. This is done best at a sink or while taking a shower. There are also available pre-packaged salt mixtures that can be used, or just use non-iodized salt from the grocery store. Then, mix one packet or one teaspoon of salt into the warm water in the Neti Pot. Make sure that the salt fully dissolves. Then tilt your head to one side before inserting the spout into the nostril opposite to the direction of your head. Pour the saline solution from the Neti Pot into your nostril. The saline will flow up to your sinus and flow back out from the opposite nostril. While doing this, it is best to breath through your mouth.

Once the contents of the Neti Pot are drained, blow through your nostrils to expel excess mucus and the saline solution. Then refill the Neti Pot and do the same in the other nostril. In the event of a burning sensation in the nose, mix a little less salt in the saline solution. It takes a while, about a week or two, to get used to the Neti Pot. Once you get used to it after a few awkward tires, then this can become a regular routine for you.


Neti Pots for nasal irrigation are available in all sizes, shapes, colors, and materials. Check out the many online retailers as well as local shops that sell these Neti Pots. Their prices will vary with the average cost about $20.


Neti Pot is safe to use, but there is yet no firm conclusion that it helps in alleviating sinusitis and allergies. Most users have sworn to the immediate relief when using Neti Pot for nasal irrigation. If you have more questions regarding this nasal remedy, it is best to consult your doctor.


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 Enersom
Enersom is Qorax’s distribution entity in Somaliland and Somalia. It provides access to consumer capital and installment payments for high quality off-grid home solar technology using digital finance and mobile money. 
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ALTech is Qorax’s distribution entity in The Democratic Republic of the Congo. It provides access to consumer capital and installment payments for high quality off-grid solar lights using onlending and creditworthy intermediaries.

 

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