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:
The main objective of this project is eliminate open defecation practices and reduce its adversity in Tanzania. This is a real situation, a normal businessman in Dar es Salaam may lose up to two hours in the city downtown when surfing for public toilet, that person literally visits the city to find stock for the shop owned somewhere aside the city. This person is vulnerable to practice open defecation or to lose much time finding a place to defecate, it create a loss of money that could be earned in that time if used productively. It is estimated that almost US$ 46 Million are lost annually in Tanzania due to open defecation, its a gross cost, moreover taking consideration of death cases coming from open defecation effects. I had to come up with Iflush, an online platform which is currently a website that provides users with allocation of public toilets near them. Iflush looks forward to meet more users by introducing android application and USSD code for those who are unable to access the internet. In Tanzania, technology have never been used to solve the problem of open defecation, The government put much emphasis on reducing open defecation through campaigns run by ministry of health, also municipals encourages construction of public latrines in cities. The question comes, as how do those approaches integrate to solve the problem? People are now using smartphones and the citizen participation in internet of things increase day to day, from that scope, something that could fit to interact with people on solving the open defecation is through initiating online platform, there comes Iflush, an Innovation to cut off open defecation in Tanzania and Africa at large.
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
The Global goals are targeted to make world a better place to live. Through Iflush, we achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) such sustainable cities, good health and well-being plus better sanitation and hygiene. Our online platform provides instant loos service to the public by allocating users to nearby toilets available using the platform's map. This service is determined to reduce time lost by our targeted costumers which is estimated to be 2 hours a week per person, the time could be used for production to earn more revenue and bring development. Moreover providing this service gives instant eradication of open defecation which is mentioned by ministry of health to be among leading causes in epidemic outbreak in the country. More adverse impacts are cited by World Bank through water and sanitation program in 2012 which show that Tanzania loses up US$ 46 million a year as a result of open defecation. Iflush as an online platform tracks its online traffics to obtain data of visitors, by counting our visitors and numbering it higher, we become sure that our impacts are widespread, we use outreach and media campaigns to raise awareness in the community, the number of people who reached is our success measure, and gladly within two months of operation we have reached more than 200 people.
Sustainability and future plans
Catering for publics' sanitation needs and to unleash peoples' economies, That is what Iflush sets to achieve. Iflush will soon start advertising schemes in latrines to boost reach outs of customers to those brands which are not privileged to be fancied by majority in the public eye like highways and televisions. That will cater for new model of generating revenue hence to increase the revenue stream. Supplying toilet detergents improves producers' revenue as we lead them to reliable and abundant market, through that we enhance their production's livelihood and their life at large. We plan to scale our service to other cities of Tanzania like Mbeya, Mwanza and Arusha. Moreover we have started to scale by allocating public latrines available in highways so as to reduce the rate of open defecation in the country. Eventually after five years we will be able to cover the most part of Tanzania and literally to cross the borders.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
Born in 1998, I enjoyed the nature and biodiversity; I was born in the coastal region, Bagamoyo, Tanzania, and then moved to Kilimanjaro before coming to reside in Dar es Salaam. All those happened hastily and I had to adapt with it. As I grew on I came to find one thing getting along with me, Environment nature and Technology, I become so enthusiast of those fields and dreamed of being a mastermind of them one time. I found challenges on my journey to accomplish my dreams, once lost the courage and thought it was over. I felt like a looser. Attending Niwezeshe labs incubation sessions from 2016 fueled my ambitions in technology, I had become so driven by capability of technology in solving societal problems, from their sessions I learned how to code, marking my proficiency in website and application development languages, Further on I was mentored on design thinking and project management strategies. I was molded to be an emerging entrepreneur then from that point I started to hunt for my project and came to initiate Iflush. Thanks to many efforts and encouragements made by fellows to make this success, early this year I attended South African Ideas Festival (SAIF) A Bezos scholar program at African Leadership Academy (ALA). The festival enhanced my success factors as I widened my network and gained leadership experience. Recently my Story has been posted on shakila media (shakila.co.tz) featuring Iflush project when it was ignited. The school I study, Benjamin William Mkapa High School recognized the potential of the project and hosted an exhibition for my project at Career Building Festival 2018.