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
SHEA TREES, OUR SHARED WEALTH
Explain your idea in details:
The Shea tree, also known as Vitallaria Paradoxa is a common plant in the Savanna area of Ghana. The tree produces a very tasty and edible fruit which has an oil-rich seed. Scientific research has shown that Shea butter enhances capillary vessels blood activity, increasing oxygenation and toxic metabolism. It is also known to be the most effective skin moisturizer because of its high content of non-saponifiable fats including vitamin F. Objectives of the Project: (i) Creating descent livelihoods in selected communities by training and engaging the youth and women in effective and innovative ways of harvesting, processing and marketing of Shea products. (ii) Organising the youth to act as volunteers/vanguards against the irregular felling of Shea trees for firewood and charcoal burning. (iii) Commercializing the planting of Shea trees. (iv) Facilitating the implementation of bye-laws at the local levels to strictly ban any activity that will have an adverse effect on the environment. (v) Being the leading producer and exporter of the best quality Shea nuts and Shea products in the region. Activities: The project will mainly be in two folds. That is the Sheabutter processing and shea tree Protection and planting. (i) Sheanut processing will include: - Harvesting/Picking of the fruit. - Pre-treating the fruit to remove any surface mould. - De-pulping the fruit and leaving the nuts. - Drying and shelling of nuts. - Grinding of seeds. - Sheabutter extraction. -Further processing the Sheabutter into finished products. (ii) The Shea tree protection and planting will have activities centered on protecting the Shea tree and also planting new and improved Shea varieties. Traditional and Social media will be used to ensure efficiency and transparency.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
The project will mainly focus on alleviating extreme poverty and crushing out joblessness amongst the youth especially, those in the rural areas. In Ghana, it is a known fact that unemployment have risen to an abnormal level in recent times and it is of a national security concern. So as a young and zealous entrepreneur, my project will target my colleagues(youth) in the rural areas and women who are mostly the home keepers in our part of the world. From the start, we will kick off in two two districts. That is the Sagnarigu and Savelugu districts. Mobilizations will come from the two but the processing center will be at Sagnarigu due to its strategic location. The project will again target the following: (i) Produce at least one Shea cosmetic product namely, SheaShine body lotion within our first or second year of operation. Due to the effectiveness of Shea oil in treating and replenishing the skin and making it attractive, many skin care experts recommend the use of cosmetics made from Shea butter. (ii) To have at least two acres of Shea plantation started from the first year of the project. (iii) To employ not less than 15 young people and women at the start of the project who will be serving in various capacities to help achieve the purpose of the project. We look forward to increasing the numbers. (iv) To be a leading producer and distributor of top quality refined Shea nuts in the region (v) To produce a confectionery(chocolate, cake, etc) from the brownish by-product which is normally gotten during processing. Success measurement In this regard, our project coordination will be whipped in line with our objectives and targets. So we will be able to ascertain our success based on what we achieve and what goals we have set for ourselves.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
Our Project, will kick start in two(2) districts. That is, Sagnarigu and Savelugu districts of the Northern Region of Ghana. It is worth noting that a Shea tree takes 8-10 years to mature. It bears it's fruits around April to August each year. However, the project's activities will be all-year round. Business Plan: Key Resources and Equipments: Shea nuts, mechanical grinding equipment, labour, finances, fruit picking devices. Key activities and timelines: May - September: Shea fruit picking/harvesting, pretreatment, Depulping, drying and shelling. October - November: Seed grinding and Shea butter extraction, finishing of products. December and further: Products marketing and distribution. All along, the tree protection and planting will also be on. Products and Marketing Initially, we will concentrate on two products. (i) Savannah rich nuts: We will give out a percentage of our refined sheanut for sale to Shea processing companies at competitive prices. (ii) Shea Shine body lotion: This will be a finished product tailored to meet the skin care needs of all costumers. It will be distributed to local supermarkets, wholesale and retail cosmetics dealers for sale. Uniqueness of Products: - Shea Shine body lotion will come to solve the challenges faced by many people in trying to figure out a one-stop product to brighten and condition their skin without bleaching. Finance Source Loan or donation from family and well wishers. Partners: - The Sagnarigu and Savelugu district assemblies. - Northern Regional directorate for the Ministry of Food and Agriculture. - The Northern regional youth council. - Top Media And Events Organization. - Kasadjan Industries - Local Authorities and women groups in selected communities.
My humble self. My name is Abdul-Basit Iddrisu. I am 24years of age. I was born and raised in Tamale, the capital of the Northern region of Ghana. I now live in Sagnarigu with my parents and four siblings. I started school at Africa Must Unite Academy in 1997. In 2008, I completed my basic education and proceeded to Business Senior High School, where I studied business. I proceeded to Tamale Polytechnic to study Information and Communication Technology in 2013 to 2016. After completion, I have since worked with a number of reputable organisations including, the National Health Insurance Authority of Ghana. There I worked as a data entry clerk form September 2016 to October 2017. Previously, I had worked as a market survey officer at a local research company called Marketing Support Consult(MSC) on part-time basis. Currently, am engaged as a media strategist and event planner at Top Media and Event Organizers. My Motivation One key factor that keeps me moving in life is my quest to change the world around me. Touching and transforming the lives of others and creating opportunities out of challenges to serve humanity has been my dream. That's who I am! Qualities (i) I am highly proficient in the use of the ICTs (Microsoft word and excel, hardware and software installation, etc) (ii) I am very good in writing and big data analysis. (iii) Am able to work under extreme presure and completing task on schedule. (iv) Am always keen on innovation. (v) Am always ready to cope and adjust to any work environment. Through out my career life, I have always been hardworking and deligent in my line of duty. That earned me the opportunity to severally lead the Chereponi District Health Insurance contingent to various parts of the district to enroll new members onto the scheme as part of our field service.