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
Health and well-being
Explain your project in details:
According to the African Development Bank report it reflects about 152 million Nigerians are living on less than $2 a day representing a poverty population of about 80%. This implies about 80% of our primary market entry Nigeria, has little or no access to affordable hygiene products that promotes their living condition and overall wellbeing. JPCIL stands to add it's quota to manufacture affordable, high quality hygiene products suitable and reliable for promoting hygienic lifestyle. We believe that every class of life deserves access to quality and effective hygiene products. Our objective is to prevent, reduce or eliminate health related diseases like diarrhea, Skin infection, Urinary tract infections, Malaria, etc. We have designed products like toilet cleaner that takes off limescale, and kills germs and bacteria all in half the time in 10 minutes over existing solutions that does it in 20 minutes and more. Our products are biodegradable (ability to decompose after use) it has high viscosity (ability to stick on the toilet surface to concentrate on areas where dirts, germs and bacteria breed.) we have also designed an Airfreshner with insects repelling ability. This also kills mosquitoes thereby reducing the rate of Malaria illness especially in the rural areas. This is a significant improvement over existing solutions. Our tiles cleaner is designed for household and real estate developers who require cleaning solvents to remover tougher stains from new developed houses. In all this we source for luxury and quality raw materials to produce quality hygiene products suitable and reliable, reputable for excellence, affordability and value creation. We have tested the market with our prototype products to validate our idea through our targeted segment. We were glad to learn that our idea has potential to generate revenue. We made sales of our products.
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
By improving the health and good living condition of people, we create high possibility for a collective approach to solve the sustainable development goals. We understand the importance of people in any organisation, and it's our job to promote their wellbeing. Promoting people's living condition will provide sustainable measures towards reduction of poverty, reduce hunger, promote good Health and Well-being, provide sustainable clean and sanitary water and so on. The consumer and the environment are at the heart of everything we do. We also have a direct approach to create impact on sustainable development. Our goal is to provide safe and effective consumer products that contribute to sound health and cleaner homes. In accordance with the UN Sustainable Development Goals we are aligning our purpose and vision to meet the following; Clean water and Sanitation; As a young startup business we have made provision for clean treated water for the people around our area of operation. We do aim to engage Schools to educate them on proper hygienic lifestyle through washing of the hands to prevent infections. On No poverty; We aim to scout for employable youths within are area of operation which will create value and also generate income to sustain themselves and family. We also aim to promote quality education through provision of writing and study materials to the less privileged. We will continue to place innovation at the heart of our business to improve the living condition and overall wellbeing of our target market at affordable prices. We acknowledge the importance of SDG and as a Global concern. Therefore we will put all efforts to align with the set goals as we scale
Sustainability and future plans
From our initial process, JPCIL source for luxury and quality raw materials to manufacture quality hygiene and personal care products. We aim to partner with Research and Development agencies to improve the standard and quality of our products from time to time. We provide a variety of products that meet the day to day needs of our customers. The products include: Klarex toilet cleaner, Klarex tile cleaner, Klarex air-freshener, hair shampoo, bathing gel, body lotion, perfume, and glass cleaner. Within our first year of operation, we aim to start with klarex toilet cleaner, klarex tile cleaner and klarex air-freshener and subsequently introduce other products into the market, leveraging on the established distribution chain of our first line of products. Our future growth plan reflects Year 2-4: Increase our market beyond Lagos state, to other parts of the country. Year 5-7: Establishment of Research and Development Unit which will serve as the platform for the widespread deployment.Year 8-10: We plan to become full fledge household and personal care manufacturing company as we delve into the personal care production. The plan is to enter into a bi-lateral technical arrangement with China tech companies that would train our operators and production Managers on the use of complex production equipment. Also, a yearly re-training program will be arranged. Year 11-14: Establishment of a complete manufacturing plant for the assembly, distribution and packaging of all our products. Year 15-20: Strategizing for listing on the Nigerian Stock Exchange. We aim to to create a net gain at each phase of our business for team members involved.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
Joel Nmalagu is the Founder and current CEO of Joel Pru-care International Limited. I am a graduate of Industrial Chemistry and Petrochemical technology, Delta State University, Abraka,Nigeria. I am an Alumni of The Hayford Alile foundation, an Alumni of Fatefoundation Business School, an Alumni of the Tony Elumelu Foundation 2017. I am 29 years Old born May 7th 1988. My love for a healthy and good living condition has inspired me through this journey. I have always desired to make Impact in my Community, in my country Nigeria and the continent Africa. I have interest in a peaceful Society, an eco-friendly environment, available jobs and a progressive economy. I believe our continent needs collective approach to combat our daily life challenges to make it a better place to live in and to change the narrative of Africa through sustainable innovations. I am here to add my own quota. I am strategic in my thinking, passionate in what I do, I make action plans and apply well calculated risk management and I understand the importance of people in any organisation. I make clear delegation on task by showing what to do. I motivate, mobilise and inspire those who work with me to achieve our common goal.