Best Ideas 2018 features all the nominated entries submitted to the Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solution or proposition for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage. If you want to know the 10 finalists in this category, click HERE
Purification and constant supply of clean drinking water to my community.
Explain your idea in details:
Sadly, more than half the population in my country don't have access to clean water, filtered drinking water is necessary for everyone's good health. I came to the realization that majority of the children in my country most especially those who go to public schools don't drink clean water at all as tap water are contaminated due to leakages in the old pipes which are often not maintained and that affects their health. This means that they miss schools due to health challenges such as diarrhea,cholera etc. Also, I'm trying to reduce the impact of single use of water bottles and plastics (sachet) in the environment as that has seriously caused environmental damage in the country. A refillable biodegradable bottles will be a great alternative that can be used. Firms who are already in the business of selling water to the public should be encourage to use a biodegradable plastic bottles and sachets instead as that will help reduce the pollution in the country.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
The impact on sustainable development can be measured by; 1.The number of school children who remain in school for the entire duration of the term as opposed to leaving school to take care of their health. 2. The cleanness of the environment from sachet and plastic bottles 3. The reduction in the number of patient who are diagnosed with water contamination related illnesses. 4. The number of jobs that would be created.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
I aim to supply the water through drilling and setting up a borehole in order to get a steady source of water in that way there will be the consistency in the water supply. The reverse osmosis system will purify the water thereby improving the taste and odor and removing contaminants that affect the quality of the water. This will be done in public schools, public hospitals as well as in rural areas that are affected by the lack of supply of clean water. I do not currently have any finance source which has been the reason why the project has not kick start yet. I hope to collaborate with the governments in my country, as well as private companies that are in the business of drilling bole holes for example, suppliers of the machinery that i will need for the success of the business. I will also like to collaborate with the businesses that are already in the market and are producing their own water in sachets and plastic bottles and selling to the public.
I'm a 26 years old lady, I'm Nigerian but reside in Botswana currently. I graduated from university of Botswana with a degree in Accounting and I'm currently doing my professional course (CIMA) striving towards becoming a chartered global management accountant (CGMA). Growing up as a young African lady in a society where your success and level of respect and accomplishment is tied to the kind of school you attended, the degree you major in and most importantly the kind of job you secure afterwards. I knew that I wanted a totally different story to my name, unlike every young graduate out there, I knew I didn't just want a job to take care of myself and my immediate family, but i want to make sure that whatever i do, I can impact my community, and each time I look around my community all I see are opportunities to improve and change lives and that alone is a huge motivation for me. One of my great qualities are accountability and honesty, i take every role and responsibility i'm assign to with diligence, enthusiasm and due care. I know my action can affect a lot of people and therefore I love to be held responsible for my words and actions which keeps me in check to always make sure i perform to the best of my ability.