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
QUALITY FECAL WASTE BRIQUETTES FOR HOUSEHOLDS AND SMALL BUSINESSES IN KENYA
Explain your project in details:
Mamwaki Company seeks to use innovative ways to re-use fecal matter in bio-fuel production in slums of Kenya. It envisions working with county governments, sanitation and services companies and social enterprises operating in slum areas and conduct extensive research in using fecal matter and urine in developing bio fuels. The sludge from sanitation waste will be developed into valuable and affordable bio-products in form of round ball fuel briquettes that can be marketed and sold to households, small eateries and farmers utilizing chicken brooders. Other products to be developed include fertilizers and bio compost to be sold to crop and fish farmers. Utilization of human waste in making briquettes will offer many solutions to the population. Sanitation coverage in peri-urban areas and slums in Kenya is below 30%. While county governments and sanitation services providers are struggling to find adequate and affordable solutions. The increasing rate of urbanization, industrialization and economic growth over the years has led to increased energy demand. Other alternative sources are not clean, affordable or sustainable, such as kerosene, charcoal and wood fuel. These sources of fuel can no longer sustain domestic and industrial energy demand. Energy consumption occupies over 30% of the households budget. From an environment perspective use of fecal waste briquettes is carbon neutral and is a tool for achieving the SDGs related to affordable clean energy, poverty reduction and the environment. The project will also implement following project activities in the next 12 months:- (i) Procure machinery for carbonization of sludge &saw dust, milling & mixing and briquetting and source for feed stock (sewage sludge, sawdust and molasses for binder); (ii) Retain/Recruit/deploy fecal waste briquettes production crew, stockiest (retail shops), marketers and promoters of fecal waste briquettes; (iii) Produce & package fecal waste briquettes; (iv) Conduct marketing activities (branding, advertisement, sensitization), sales and distribution activities;
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
Performance metrics will be developed to monitor the production volume, no of customers, sales volume, units sold, sales revenues, production costs, cash flows and profits/loss. Regular reviews will be undertaken to provide guidance regarding the strategies employed and their effectiveness in addressing the objectives of the project. The project will prepare quarterly financial and technical reports detailing the progress of implementation against the budget. In addition to this, the periodic reports will show planning for the next period with explanation of most significant deviations. The company will produce 250 tons per year and sell at-least 95% of the product and as well reach 10,000 households in one year. The business will have a positive effect on women & children who are disproportionately affected by use of traditional biomass fuels in Kenya. Women are responsible for fetching fuel, cooking & household chores. They are left with little or no time for productive activities. Social impacts to be measured include reduced budget for energy fuel for households, hotels & farms; reduced expenditure on fuel; time saved of cooking & heating; increased time for women & children to engage in other productive activities; improved kitchen cleanliness & reduced exposure (time, quantity) to smoke in kitchens hence improved health of women & children. Verification means to be used to confirm success include:- 1. Customers testimonials by-way of field visits to beneficiary locations to obtain first-hand qualitative & quantitative information on the benefits brought about by the briquettes use. 2. Income & expenditure statements of hotels& farms using human waste briquettes to analyze expenditure on fuel usage before & after and as well measure reduction on fuel expenditures. 3. Household budget surveys using health, economic activities, income, average consumption per capita & poverty levels as indicators will help in monitoring poverty reduction in targeted areas.
Sustainability and future plans
The commercially viable sanitation value chain is intended to be implemented through a local Public Private Partnership (PPP) between the local water and sanitation services companies and local social enterprises. The project opts for PPPs between water and sanitation services companies and social enterprises to allow for sustainability and scalability of the proposed businesses. In Kenya, currently we have multiple water and sanitation services companies spread into 47 counties. The water and sanitation services companies have the mandate and interest to engage in provision of sanitation and water services in, however, they will not go into production and sales of products made from human waste. Social enterprises, on the other hand, exist as for-profit entities which also seek to provide the community with essential services. This approach therefore focuses on financially sustainable solutions by including local private companies with a rich experience in the relevant sectors. The immediate goal for our business is to offer quality, affordable, available and clean energy for cooking and heating. To increase sales of briquettes from 2 to 100 tons (and possibly 250 tons) per year by the end of year five. Establish a 100+ retailed based distribution channel in five counties by end of year one. Commence production of pellets for the industrial and domestic market in 3 years period and grow in marketing capacity with the aim of gaining brand recognition in other parts of the county and other counties by the end of year 3. Commence production of bio-compost fertilizer and fish feed by the end of year two. Our strategy is to offer low cost and efficient human waste briquettes solutions at the bottom of the pyramid through an empowering last mile entrepreneurs regional retail network.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
1. James Mwangi (Project Owner)-a young male of 31 years who holds a diploma in Information technology with 6 years of experience in briquette technology, sales, marketing, BDS & community development. He is also a certified business mentor and has empowered and trained many women youth entrepreneurs in the last 4 years. James has previously worked for clean energy projects and had built very good track record in motivating end-users to adopt clean energy products for their consumptive and productive energy uses. 2. Serah Kiarie (Project Owner)-a young female of 29 years who holds a diploma in business administration with 5 years of experience in sales, marketing, BDS & community development. She is also a certified business mentor and has empowered and trained many women youth entrepreneurs in the last 4 years. Serah has previously worked for clean energy projects and had built very good track record in motivating end-users to adopt clean energy products for their consumptive and productive energy uses. 3. Charles Mwangi(Project Owner)- a young male of 36 years who holds MBA -JKUAT, BSc Animal Science- UON; CPA (K); CPS (K);CCP (II) 8 years work experience in managing donor funded environmental conservation projects in Kenya. He is a registered member of ICPAK & ICSPK. Also previously trained on Human Rights Based Approach to Sustainable Energy. Charles has previously worked for clean energy projects and had built very good track record in motivating end-users to adopt clean energy products for their consumptive and productive energy uses. Charles (founder-Mamwaki Ltd) has recently participated in the Adansonia Entrepreneurship Challenge for African Entrepreneurs 2017 and has been shortlisted for the second evaluation. Charles has also been selected for the 4th round of the TEF Entrepreneurship Programme.