Best Ideas 2020 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.
Ron a container
Explain your idea in details:
Did you know Zimbabwe has backlog of 1.25 million housing with over 3 million residents not being able to afford decent shelter results in shacks and illegal housing structures. Did you know average varsities in Zimbabwe can only accommodate half of their students for on campus accommodation this results in over 2 million students nationwide renting individual houses and resorting to living in unreliable housing with expensive prices and transport to campus. Our main objective is to provide environmentally conscious, affordable and fast setting up housing for middle income to low income families who cant afford traditional housing methods such as brick and mortar housing and also green affordable student accommodation in local universities. Now we do this by up-cycling shipping containers which are often discarded after use in shipping, we buy remodel them offsite to user taste but typically each pod is rigged with putting epoxy flooring, wooden walls stuffed with insulation and lights and electricity with solar panels. Each pod (12*4 metres ) can form 2 rooms average sized rooms (4*4 metres) and ablution room. Now an average family in Zimbabwe has 4.2 persons,meaning they would need about five rooms inclusive of ablution and kitchen. To construct such a house using traditional means needs about USD 30 000. Which is beyond most families. Whereas using our pods it would cost USD 13 500. We are providing housing at a fraction of the cost whilst being environmentally friendly simultaneously its faster construction which takes 3 weeks for a 5 roomed house compared to 3 months needed when constructing using brick and mortar. Now this is innovative as it is leveraging already existing discarded pods into habitable housing for low income members of our community, with least cost and environmental impact to each pod used
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
We target to be able to provide 100 000 pods in first year of operation to over 40 000 families seeking reliable cheaper housing plans in Harare, we will partner with Harare city council to help with reaching the masses as efficiently as possible. Our initial target is the capital city of Zimbabwe that is Harare which accommodates over 60% of the 15 million inhabitants.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
Our bussines model will rely on the sale of these pods and containers. From the revenue genrated we will be able to sustainably keep it on surface and running. We plan to vollaboarye with Local city councils to quickem the process further in the outreach and clearance and legal boundaries.
Im 21 years from Zimbabwe. And im a university student pending graduation. I spent most of my younger years on a farm which which set up my motivation to try to help farmers achieve their true potential as i was a direct witness to farming hardships my mother experienced due to lack of access to neccesary tools. I am usually quite persistent and unwavering to my set goals and it has allowed me to achieve many of my accomploshments and continue to strive to help women and smallholder farmers impprove their lives meaningfully.