SOLAR COOKER (uses sun energy, gas, briquettes, biogas or small quantities of wood for cooking).
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
In the African tradition, it is the role of girls and women to cook and collect firewood, after coming back from school in the evening, girls are expected to collect firewood which involves moving long distances,this exposes them to risks like sexual abuse,child sacrifice and dangerous wild game.The introduction of solar cooking has enabled girls to overcome these tragedies and saved a lot of time which would have been lost collecting firewood and cooking, this has created enough time for the girls to concentrate on their books and compete favorably with boys who have little chores to do at home.This plays a big role in promoting gender equality and fighting gender based violence in communities. With the use of solar cookers as an alternative for firewood, fossils e.t.c which produce carbon emissions, there has been significant improvement in air quality and reduction in the cutting down of trees for firewood. Since the solar units are assembled using local man power, this has created employment opportunities to the youth which has significantly improved their family welfare .Special skills have been attained by local people concerning solar energy which has led to innovation and capacity development in communities. There has been a reduction in household expenditure on cooking for example using electricity ,gas and charcoal which are more expensive than solar.
Sustainability and future plans
Your profile as an entrepreneur
Iam 23 years of age, born in Uganda and studied up to university, while at university, I did bachelor of science in Quantitative Economics from Makerere University, and I have the passion of contributing towards the development of my country into a middle income economy in the next 5 years by mobilizing my fellow youth who have the energy and capacity to think creatively and also have a goal of economic transformation. I am endowed with skills in visionary leadership, entrepreneurship, creative thinking and financial discipline. I received a gold certificate of recognition from Educate club in 2012 after initiating a community based project that identified a community need and hence became a solution to the problem. I am a CEO of Africa Solar Initiative, a community based organization that is aiming at reducing the rate of carbon emissions from wood fuels by introducing hybrid vacuum tube solar cookers into communities and local households which is currently subscribed under Universities Together Empowering Development(UNITED), a non-profit organization(N.G.O) that focuses on supporting youth initiatives.