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
Explain your project in details:
Co-founded by Erick Mulindi and Moses Katala, Hyina express is an affiliate delivery start-up of hyina.com, that utilizes drones and solar-powered electric vans to deliver packages to its customers. Hyina express makes use of green technology to fight against urban pollution caused by the transportation industry. We are solving for the delay in package delivery (due to massive road traffic) and urban pollution caused by the transportation sector. Anyone who has lived in Dar Es Salaam city, the main commercial driver of Tanzania; would attest that it could take over 40 minutes to travel just 4 kilometers on a typical busy day due to road traffic. Furthermore, even as you are in the chain of traffic, the smoke and noise produced by vehicle engines could be very irritating and hazardous to the environment. At Hyina express, we are targeting regular internet users (who constitute about 23 million people) that would love to use our green delivery service to save both time and the environment. Asides retailing of the consumer goods, we are looking to start operating in the medical sector too. The infrastructure in Tanzania is not so good. Roads in the rural areas are terrible, and the connection between pharmacy stores and health centers is nearly impossible. The ministry of education reports that thousands of people in rural areas die because medicinal provisions are not delivered on time. To us, this is an opportunity to offer help and save lives. We plan to tap into the health sector by introducing drone delivery, smoothening & quickening the delivery of medicinal provisions to health centers and hospitals in disadvantaged communities. We help save lives by delivering what the doctors need on time; be it blood, pills, gloves etc.
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
Automobile air pollution is a growing problem in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania and as such, it needs immediate attention before it goes out of control. The problem is most pronounced in the city center, especially during rush hours. Research shows that vehicles in Dar Es Salaam whose number is increasing at the rate of 6.3% annually contribute to the problem. Furthermore, some scholars reveal that one of the main reasons for the air pollution problem in the city center is large traffic volume which is concentrated on just 4.4% of the total road length in the city. Package delivery with small drones can be better for the environment than delivery with trucks. On average, truck delivery of a package results in about 1 kg of greenhouse gas emissions. In the US (where research was conducted), drone delivery of a small package would result in about 0.42 kg of greenhouse gas emissions. Thats a savings of 54 percent from the 0.92 kg of greenhouse gases associated with a package delivered by diesel-powered truck. Our findings of larger drones were less clear-cut. For larger packages, solar-powered electric vans are our best choice instead of larger drones, because large drones need more kilowatt-hours to fly a mile, the carbon intensity of electricity really matters for large drones. Even in places where energy is typically generated from clean sources (in our case, Solar), its probably better to deliver larger packages with electric vans or electric trucks rather than large drones. In the past 4 months, we have been able to put up our e-commerce website (which acts as our online store) and establish a partnership with STES engineering group for the manufacture of solar-powered electric cars. We are also working on a partnership with flirtey, the world`s first drone start-up.
Sustainability and future plans
For future sustainability, we are highly reliant on the number of internet users. According to Reuters magazine, the number of internet users in Tanzania rose by 16 percent at the end of 2017 to 23 million, with the majority of those using their handsets to go online, as reported by the telecom industry regulator. Mobile phone use has surged in Tanzania and other African countries over the past decade, helped by the launch of cheaper smartphones and data services. Around 19 million internet users in Tanzania accessed the world wide web last year through their mobile phones, up from 18 million in 2016, as reported by the state-run Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA). Internet penetration in the nation of around 52 million people ticked up to 45 percent in 2017 from 40 percent a year before, according to the regulator. My country, Tanzania, East Africas third-biggest economy, had 40.08 million mobile phone subscribers last year, down slightly from 40.17 million a year earlier. With these promising internet usage statistics, we stand to believe that our prospects to succeed are higher. We have also interviewed 100 people, and 70 have confirmed to use our service once we officially launch. Our business model is business to consumers, where we purchase goods in bulk and sell them on retail through our e-commerce website. We also accept delivery requests independent of our website. Currently, we are bootstrapping from our own pockets and funds from family members. To finance our growth strategy, we are looking for angel investors and venture capitalists at an exchange of equity. We shall perform our phase 1 pilot in Rwanda as a proof of concept and later launch in both Rwanda and Tanzania.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
MOSES KATALA...... I was born on the 13 of March 1997 in Tanzania mainland (making me 21 years old). I have been involved in entrepreneurship since when I was 17. I have taken part in raising a couple of start-ups, some have failed and some are getting somewhere. My most successful start-up (called Volta irrigation) was awarded the most innovative energy start-up by Hult international organization through the Hult prize foundation; following an equity free award of 30,000 USD. Am deeply passionate about tech entrepreneurship. I am a computer science enthusiast of the African Leadership University (ALU) and a pan African visionary. I am also deeply passionate about using renewable energy and green technology to tackle climatic challenges. I am more interested in using technologies that reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. ERICK MULINDI...... My name is Erick Mulindi a second year student at the African leadership Academy (ALA), where I am taking courses in Entrepreneurial Leadership, African studies, writing and rhetoric along with math, physics and computer science. I am deeply passionate about social development. For which I believe can only be brought about through practical entrepreneurial leadership. Since the age of 14 I have been involved with the Youth and solving complex community challenges. From creating several community projects, youth clubs and tutoring disadvantaged school children to volunteering with community based organizations. At age 16 I won the diamond challenge competition for high school entrepreneurs at a national level, and hence qualifying for international competition in the US. Its the same project that got me into ALA. Alongside Hyina express, I am currently working on Merick international a social enterprise striving to tackle poverty, hunger, poor heat and education in African rural communities using modern agriculture and science and technology.