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
High School Water and Sanitation Project
Explain your project in details:
The main aim of the Project is to mitigate the high cost of clean water in the form of sachet for Senior High School Students who are not of working age and live under $2 per day. What High School Water Company does is to source its treated clean water from U-Splash, a Mineral Water Company owned by the University of Cape Coast at a cost of GHC0.50p per bag after incurring GHC2750 cost for designing block and printing sachet from INDOPACK Company in Cape Coast. The sourcing of the clean treated water from another production company is an innovative way of avoiding direct utility cost such as electricity, giving High School Water Company the competitive edge of pricing the water at a lowest price of GHC0.10p. Again, no Sachet Water Company we deal with can bypass High School Water Company to deal directly with our target market because they will not be able to sell the water at competitive price of 10pesewas than we do due to the huge amount of direct utility costs incurred by them(Note: these companies have their own market they produce water for aside High School Water Company orders). High School Water Company is flexible in operation with this innovation, where it can make good deals with other Mineral Water Companies in other regions of the Country to supply neighboring Senior High Schools in the region with water without physically setting up a production site in every region. The cost of production is reduced and students can now access clean water no matter their financial background. The Company customizes the school name and logo of the various schools on the sachet to fascinate the students into buying the product and partners with Waste Management Companies like Coliba to recycle used empty sachets into finished products.
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
Students now can access clean and portable drinking water. This has reduced the occurrence of water-related outbreaks like cholera and diarrhea. In Ghana National College and Aggrey Memorial AME Zion School, where we currently operate, no cases of cholera or diarrhea has been recorded ever since the company implemented its initiative in these school over last year. The burning of synthetic waste in these schools have drastically reduced since used sachets together with other rubbers are gathered and sent to a Waste Management Company known as Coliba for recycling into finished products like hand bags, files and school bags. This we believe has reduced the rate of ozone layer depletion and is a positive direction towards climate action. In summary, the company has helped in realizing the SDG6, 3 and 13. High School Water Company won national awards in Ghana for been a young startup that has contributed to achieving the SDG goals and example of such awards are; The [email protected] Coca Cola Young Achievers Awards and The Beige Foundation Award.
Sustainability and future plans
High School Water Company makes a net-profit of GHC4310 after incurring an initial viable cost of GHC5690, which produces 280kilos of water, approximately 5000bags of sachet water. This net profit is made on monthly basis per school. This makes the company viable and sustainable to make longer and wider impact through expansion to other schools.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
Caleb Annobil is 20 years old. I am the eldest son of a family of five children who lost our mother when I was 14 years old. Caleb is currently enrolled in the University of Cape Coast in Ghana, pursuing BSC. Health Information Management. At the age of 18, I became a bronze ambassador for the Goodwall Platform and an awardee of the [email protected] Young Achievers Award and the Beige Foundation award for bringing on board social intervention projects. Caleb is the founder of the Brain Power Initiative, an initiative that uses trash to generate mobile bio-energy to supply to poor people living in rural communities who cannot access the national grid.