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.
Explain your project in details:
Our main objective at Samaki is fighting poverty and hunger. We are trying to do that on a small scale and in a sustainable manner through empowering the people in need especially in underdeveloped regions such as Africa. Our concept is simple : We are developing an aquaponic system in which we breed fish and grow all kinds of plants. It is a closed water cycle and because of that we manage to get symbiotic effects between fish and plants, as we use the fish's feces with the assistance of mechanical and biological filtration systems as fertilizer for the plants. A water pump and a compressor is powered by a solar module which generates enough output under the african sun to power our system and to be independent of electricity grids. To be an accessible and useful option for a different variety of people, we try to keep our system in a perfect trade-off between simplicity and effectiveness. We strongly believe that our sustainable approach is the right way to go. Our goal is to not only provide the people with our system, but also to convince them to make an investment in the system themselves and realize that this will have long term benefits for them. This way, we want to further spread sustainable thinking.
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
We have made great success since starting our project. At the moment we have a fully functioning system in Entebbe, Uganda which is supported by local partners. We are in active exchange with them about system parameters such as water quality and size of the fish. We are constantly facing new challenges on our live system, but with the help from our partners on site and the team in Aachen, Germany, we try to overcome each and every challenge to improve our system and to accelerate progress. Regarding progress here in Germany, we just recently found a place where we can build our own prototype to test new ideas and further develop the system. We measure our success through seeing progress in our live system and through seeing weekly progress of our work here in Aachen.
Sustainability and future plans
Progress is a very important topic for us at Samaki. We want to spread our knowledge an thus our system as far as possible, to reach and help more people. We are constantly looking for new regions to build our system, new ways to improve the economics and generally create more awareness for our project, so that more people get to know our project. As an example we are currently testing selfmade food for the fish we breed and we think about options for our local partners in Africa to make the food themselves, so they are not reliant on ready-made food from third-party-services. Our very own prototype here in Aachen will help a great deal to boost our progress regarding all aspects of the system.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
My name is Mark, 19 years of age and I am currently studying at RWTH Aachen University. I only recently got into the topic of Social Entrepeneurship, but I am amazed at how much effort people are making to create a sustainble world for all of us. After seeing so many incredible projects and ideas, I was determined to do my share and contribute my knowledge. I am now part of "Samaki" and I really enjoy the new challenges that I am facing. No matter what to do, be it improving the technical concept of our system or creating awareness for our case, it is always a pleasure to work with people who are likeminded and who share the feeling that no matter how small the changes are, they are always worth the effort. I want to continue on my path and get as much experience as possible in Social Entrepeneurship, so I can contribute even more.