Best Projects 2018 features all the nominated entries submitted to the Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition under ‘Submit your Project’ category. All the entries consist of innovative projects run by existing enterprises in the form of businesses, NGOs or informal programs. If you want to know the 10 finalists in this category click HERE
Afyamoto Cook Stoves
Explain your project in details:
Can you imagine how many PEOPLE DIE from cooking each year? The World Health Organization estimates that 3.8 million people a year DIE prematurely from illnesses caused by the inefficient use of solid fuels and kerosene for cooking. Spending the most time near the domestic hearth, exposure is particularly high among woman and young children, who suffer from diseases like pneumonia, lung cancer, heart disease or stroke. This needs to stop! - Afyamoto Cook Stoves is dedicated to helping Tanzanian families with a new type of cook stove, that comes with A LOT of new features, among which is an air ventilation system and a baking oven (previously unobtainable in Tanzania). This new product will revolutionize the cooking experience and make cooking SAFE again.
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
Picture a family in Tanzania: 4-5 people living in a small house a few miles off the main road - we'll call them the Maeda's in this example. In the morning Father Maeda goes to work in the field, while his kids go to school in the nearby town. Mama Maeda however, will already have been awake for a couple of hours preparing Porridge and Chai for the family. The way she does it is by lighting a small fire on the floor of the kitchen and meanwhile preparing the ingredients. She then sits there watching over the fire and stirring in the pots, breathing in INSANE amounts of toxic smoke. She goes onto cleaning the house, washing clothes and collecting wood from the forest. When the kids and her husband come home she'll prepare food TWO MORE TIMES before falling into bed at the end of the day. Exhausted. Tired. SAD. Our stove will stop all that. Not only will there be no more smoke for Mama Maeda to breathe in, but she also won't have to collect as much wood anymore, because the afyamoto cook stove saves her a lot of energy. Every household where afyamoto installs an oven, there will be no more tears, sore eyes, coughing or injured backs. at least not because of cooking.
Sustainability and future plans
You may think at this point: "Why hasn't anybody ever done this before?" Well, your scepticism would be absolutely justified. Countless NGOs have tried to diminish the numbers of "three-stone-fires" like the one Mama Maeda used in our example, but they almost failed because they couldn't refinance their projects or provide proper customer care. Afyamoto has a new approach: Development through private enterprise. We have a business model that - when executed - can actually help us grow our operation and lift more people out of the dire situation than any publicly funded NGO ever. We simply make the stoves for sale and pay our workers and resources from that stream of income. This way we are forced to make our CUSTOMERS happy and not the UN Development Programme. Our business model revolves around the sale of the Afyamoto Cook Stoves. Sales proceeds will be used to pay the wages of our employees and to source production materials as well as growth. We will start on the outskirts of Moshi Town and expand into neighboring cities, depending on our growth.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
We're a young team that has its origins in the small Bavarian city of Bayreuth. As many of these things start, we formed Afyamoto while we were part of a student union at University. We were dissatisfied with the approach that Development Aid destroyed economies in African countries, especially Tanzania. Some of us had already been to Tanzania and met with families like the Maeda's to see the troubleing circumstances there. Since then we have gotten endorsements from companies like E.G.O, OHDE Berlin and many more. We're planning to go to Tanzania this very September and meet our teammates from across the globe, who have been with us for over one year. Keep looking out for us and you'll see that hope is NOT lost for Africa Development. Afyamoto signing off ~