Best Ideas 2019 features all the nominated entries submitted under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solutions or propositions for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage.
Explain your idea in details:
I hail from a community in Taita Taveta County,Kenya where many residents live below the dollar,the rates of early marriages,early pregnancies and school dropout are on the rise hindering development especially because women and youth lack access to quality education and economic empowerment. Unavoidable is the current state of the global crisis of climate change as a result of increased deforestation which is alarming! Additionally, there exists a smelly chunk of municipal waste that Taita Taveta County Government seeks to do away with from the County Dumpsite. What if we use garbage to produce charcoal instead of cutting down trees? Taitan Briquettes is a social enterprise based in Taita Taveta County,Kenya that aims to use readily available organic waste and green waste in my surroundings from farmers,food markets and the County Waste Dumpsite such as maize combs,banana peelings,ground nut and coconut shells,rise husks,maize stalks,weeds from farms and even remains of trees and plants and many others,which are considered useless;they will then be compressed and carbonized to produce char which then produces the Taitan Briquettes. Compared to other fossil fuels,the briquettes will produce low net total greenhouse gas emissions due to the fact that the materials used are already a part of the carbon cycle,making them cleaner,more affordable,renewable and sustainable than other fuels. With a current 45% unemployment rate in Taita Taveta County,Taitan Briquettes sets off to create an employment opportunity to locals who will be involved in sorting the waste,assembling of the briquette making machines and in the production process hence earning revenue for their sustenance. We shall provide an alternative to wood fuel thus protective forests, reducing carbon emissions and global warming. The affordable price of the briquettes will promote economic empowerment through encouraging saving of monthly earnings.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
Taitan Briquettes is an embodiment of the principles that the most sustainable measure towards community transformation is by first and foremost providing a platform for quality education and economic empowerment for all. I believe in the principle that for effective combating of climate change we ought to make low carbon choices which begin with doing away with uncontrolled illegal logging through the provision of an alternative source of fuel that instead of being generated from wood is generated from the already available organic waste and green waste in the community from farmers, food markets and the County Waste Dumpsite such as maize combs, banana peelings, ground nut and coconut shells, rise husks, maize stalks, weeds from farms and even remains of trees and plants and many others, which are currently considered useless. Taitan Briquettes will contribute to SDG 7(Affordable and Clean Energy) by providing the community with an alternative fuel that is clean, burns more efficiently than other fuels and is within their affordability level. It also seeks to promote SDG 8(Decent work and Economic growth) by providing an alternative economic activity to women, youth and farmers in the County, SDG 5(Gender Equality) because our training programs will have women as a key target market and SDG 13(Climate Action) by providing an alternative fuel that is friendly to environmental conservation, thus saving the environment. Success of the impact of Taitan Briquettes in this case will be measured by the rate of meeting the demand of the briquettes and most importantly, since its vision resonates from women economic empowerment, then an achieving factor will be by how many women get directly and indirectly to be beneficiaries of our activities in addition to the reduced environmental waste and reduced charcoal use by residents.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
The initial funding of Taitan Briquettes will be generated from grants and partnering with local youth groups to provide a fee-paying waste collection service to Taita Taveta County households, institutions, businesses and County offices together with the sell of the briquettes to the end users. This will help in the procuring of leases and driving the process to promote scaling up of the of the enterprise. Market of briquettes as a source of fuel is still green in Taita Taveta County and the competition level is extremely low it is an area of social enterprise that is yet to be tapped. Players in the market are currently meeting fuel demand through charcoal efficient stoves which still encourages wood charcoal demand. Therefore, this business model is such that the briquettes produce low net total greenhouse gas emissions due to the fact that the materials used are already a part of the carbon cycle, making them cleaner, more affordable, renewable as compared to all other fuel sources currently in supply. Taitan Briquettes will be burning longer than charcoal hence proving to be the most affordable and sustainable source of fuel to residents in my county. Additionally, the assembling of the briquette making machines will be undertaken by youth from the 29 County Vocational Training Centers thus serving as a means of employment to the youth and institution trainees.
Florence Mkang'ondi Fundi is a 24 year old Kenyan with over five years of experience in community development and sports entrepreneurship. She serves as the Youth Governor of Taita Taveta County,Kenya and the Deputy Country Director of P & O Africa in Kenya where her role is to identify, nurture, share career progression opportunities to and build capacity among the youth of Taita Taveta County and Kenya at large;molding and preparing them into becoming transformational leaders of influence in their areas of jurisdiction. Her passion and belief in the power of sports to harness societal transformation honored her serving as a Basketball Referee under the Kenya Basketball Federation and a basketball coach, enabling her be on the fore front in initiating and running programs and initiatives that use basketball as a tool to inspire access to quality education, empower women and leverage sports as a game changer for societal transformation. She holds a Bachelor in Commerce(Human Resource Management option) from Taita Taveta University, Kenya and is an Associate Member of the Institute of Human Resource Management, Kenya. She is the Human Resource Officer in the Department of Education and Libraries in the County Government of Taita Taveta. Florence is a 2018 YALI Fellow, a Global Peace Ambassador, a UNITE2030 Ambassador, a Commonwealth Open Source Leader and a scholarship recipient of the UNITE 2030 Summit 2019: Kick Out Discrimination by Chelsea Football Club,WJC and L.A.C.E.S.; she is also the recipient of the Outstanding Changemaker Award during the Summit and a Semi-Finalist in the 2019 Governors Start-up Challange.