Best Projects 2019 features all the nominated entries submitted ‘Submit your Project’ category. All the entries consist of innovative projects run by existing enterprises in the form of businesses, NGOs or informal programs.
Increasing Availability and Use of Improved and low-Cost Quality WASH and Energy Products and Servic
Explain your project in details:
The projects business idea is to develop and create a robust and long-lasting distribution and marketing business model to bring and offer, a low-cost and quality WASH and energy products and services to low-income rural households of Somali Regional State. Even though, There are a number of international and national water, sanitation and energy product and service importers, manufacturers and distributors companies in Addis Ababa and some other major cities of the Country. However, almost none of these companies have business linkages in Somali Regional State where currently there are no distribution networks and business selling for low cost and quality water, sanitation and energy products. Thus, to address this gap, the project is to set up an innovative last mile distribution business-model solution, which is closer and appropriate to the rural and pastoral households of the region. The objective of the project is to ensure that a quality low cost WASH and energy products and services reach and available at the door of rural and pastoral households and help them access and use quality household water filters, toilets and energy technologies, with the right time and attractive prices to tackle their sanitation and energy challenges. We will work on both supply side and demand side, on the supply side, we will identify and collaborate with importers, manufacturers and distributors, of WASH and energy technologies and services, to design and set up, an innovative last mile distribution mechanism, and together we will create, a value both for society and for business. We will determine our key partners to collaborate with in order to distribute, finance market and sell the product, and test consumer reactions to prototypes while conducting more market research, and adjust designs accordingly.
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
Lack of access to low-cost quality sanitation and energy technologies and services remains a critical problem for the rural and pastoralist households in Somali Region. In 2018, 70% of rural and pastoralist households of Somali Region lacked access to electricity and safe sanitation facilities, and only 30% of the Region's population have access to electricity and sanitation services. Close to 4.5 million uses unsafe energy options and practices open defecation. This human excreta enters into water sources and then these rural and pastoralist households uses this fecally contaminated and polluted waters that leads spreading many diseases such as diarrhea and cholera. The regular use of these traditional and inefficient energy sources and unsafe sanitation practices adversely affects the health of these rural and pastoralist people, particularly women and children. Together with governments and other development organizations, we aim to bring a unique and innovative solution that will ensures these 4.5 million rural and pastoralist people have access to low-cost quality WASH and energy services. It is estimated that over two years at least 500,000 people will benefit the project through access to low cost quality WASH and energy technologies and its services based on the sale of 60,234 of different types of WASH and energy products for these rural households with an average household size of seven. We will continually use well-designed sales tracking and inventory management technologies and customized consumer survey to measure our projects impacts, we will track percentage increase in improved sales coverage, percentage of households using improved sanitation and energy technologies, percentage of households satisfied with our new sanitation and energy products, number of new sanitation and energy products sales. The project will be explore and sell different types of low cost quality WASH, and energy technologies that will helping to improve these social problems
Sustainability and future plans
Company background: Sanitation Energy for Women SEW is a new last mile distribution social enterprise, and it was started in March 2019. Its headquarter is in Jigjiga Somali Region of Ethiopia. Mohamed Osman is the founder and owner and the manager of SEW. SEW aim to create sustainable last mile distribution for low cost and quality WASH and energy technologies to low income households in Somali Region Ethiopia. Business model: We are going to launch innovative and replicable last mile distribution project for low-cost and quality WASH and energy technologies in Somali Region. We will engage and establish partnerships with potential national and international industry involving in the design, production, and delivery of low cost and quality WASH and energy technologies, who are looking for Regional distributors or dealers for their products and services in Somali Region Markets. We will build distribution channel for low cost quality WASH and energy technologies and services to improve availability and accessibility of basic WASH and energy facilities and services with three kinds of products: household water filters, toilet products, micro solar energy solar kits like lanterns and PV panels, energy efficient cook stoves. These products are either imported or created by enterprise-trained artisans, then sold through wholesale, retail, and sales agents partners. We will use Human-Centered Design (HCD) to create beneficial products and services that people want to buy, and acquire a deep understanding of our rural and low-income customers, their environments, and their routines in order to create innovative solution to the problems that they face. We will carefully listen to learn about the needs and aspirations of our rural low income customers. We will then use these insights to iteratively generate, prototype and refine solutions that improves WASH and energy challenges.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
My name is Mohamed Osman Ismail, born in October 12, 1987 in Ararso village, Somali Region Ethiopia, and I am 31 years old. I have completed Diploma in Animal Health followed by a bachelors Degree in Agribusiness Management from St. Mary's University of Ethiopia. I have more than seven years of professional work experience in Economic and Market Development Programs with international Non-Government Organizations in Ethiopia. I was working on strengthening the private sector development in Somali Region Ethiopia by bringing new ideas and initiatives to improve availability and access, to energy efficient and sanitation technologies, such as; household cooking, lighting, water and toilets, into rural and pastoral areas of Somali Region Ethiopia, to reduce in time, financial and environmental resources spent on household energy needs, to decrease in negative health outcomes, resulting from household energy use and unsafe sanitation practices. In my nature, I am a business minded, entrepreneurial and results motivated person. I have a marketing & sales, operating and maintaining, distribution, and market research skills. From my more than 7 years of business and market developments experience, my personal business-minded and entrepreneurial inspiration and kills, and together with my ever dream of changing and making a difference to my community's problems, I have decided to roll up my sleeves and join to the social change makers on the journey to change for the sanitation and energy problems for the low-income rural households. I have found SANITATION ENERGY for WOMEN which is a last mile distribution social enterprise that aims to create a sustainable and innovative last mile distribution of low cost and quality WASH and energy products to increase access and availability of to improved sanitation and energy technologies and services for the low income rural and pastoralist society of Somali Region, Ethiopia.