Best Ideas 2022 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:
Sugar cane waste and maize husks are abundant in Ghana since this crop has become one of the country's most popular. Ghana's sugar cane production was at the level of 154,361 tonnes in 2020, up from 153,697 tonnes the previous year and 1 million hectares utilised for maize cultivation, accounting for around 50-60% of Ghana's cereal production. Following this massive amount of maize and sugar cane cultivation, farmers burn the husks and stalks into ashes on their farmlands to prepare the soil for new cultivation. Some farmers also want to dump solid waste wherever it is in the environment and only a few of them use it for manure( fertiliser). Their bad practice of burning contributes to an increase in atmospheric carbon, which causes climate change and air pollution. Farmland nutrients and organic matter are once again depleted from their farmlands. Females in some rural communities in Ghana, on the other hand, have been suffering from menstrual poverty for many years. Plastic materials are used in the manufacture and importation of sanitary pads from other countries. These have been shown to cause organ damage in embryos, complicating development. According to our research and interviews with some of our target audience, the cost of sanitary pads is increasing on a daily basis and is currently at 8 cedi's per pad, making it difficult for rural people to afford due to poverty and the amount of tax imposed on them. These same pads are made of plastic and are difficult to decompose, making the environment unsustainable. Products made from fiber trans-waste will be organic, healthy, affordable, and breathable. Our goal is to help rural communities afford sanitary pads from us to cater for their menstrual period while also reducing carbons release.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
The responses from girls in our monthly feedback collection about the frequency of female attendance at schools from the school administration will help us measure how effective our menstrual hygiene education and project is. 10% of profits will be donated to the people of Builsa North District in the form of sanitary pads and the occasional organization of public menstrual education. As a result, the affordability issue is resolved. The project will address period poverty in these communities. Good health and well-being will be purchased by females, because the majority of those who can afford sanitary products use unsafe alternatives such as sand and clothing. Products made from fiber trans-waste, on the other hand, will be organic, healthy, affordable, and breathable. Our goal is to help rural communities afford sanitary pads from us to cater for their menstrual period while also reducing the damage caused by waste produced from our pads because our sanitary pads will be easy to decompose after use and with the same project, farmers will earn money from waste because Fibre trans-waste will purchase the waste from them and with this overall motive, most farmers will stop burning crop waste and then it will contribute to sustainability.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
Given that there are approximately 10 million Ghanaian females, we can reach approximately 8 million females within the first five years through some planned partnerships with women empowerment institutions such as CAMFED Ghana and investors. Our product is reasonably priced. If we can find partners and other investors to help us launch the project successfully, we expect to earn $1 million per million users. 10% of our profits will be used to manufacture free sanitary pads in order to launch our period poverty project in Ghana. We also anticipate a $5 customer acquisition cost. We anticipate a profit margin of 38.2 percent within the first year based on our financial projection of 2 cedis' 50 pesewas cost of producing a fibre trans-waste sanitary pad and a selling price of 4 Ghana cedi's. In addition, 10% of the profits will be used to produce free sanitary pads for young ladies in rural communities who cannot afford them at all. Our products are also breathable, organic, healthy, easy to decompose, and affordable, as they are made from fibers and natural sources'. we intend to be the most reputable and trusted organic manufacturer of menstrual health products. If we run out of production funds, customers will make a partial payment that will be used for production once orders are placed. This may also help to sustain the business.
My name is Amobey Debora Anyawenna, and I am 21 years old and from Ghana. I am also a second-year African Leadership University student. I believe we were born with the ability to create change. We have an enviable level of knowledge and brilliance that the rest of the world envies.' My dream of witnessing a powerful Africa that will inspire the younger generations will become a reality with each step of excellence and learning that I take through competitions, advocacies, workshops, travels, events, and personal studies. I enjoy learning about wildlife because am a passionate conservationist and the natural world inspires and gives me joy to join hands in saving it. Women's empowerment, waste management, and climate change are all issues that I am passionate about. Fibre trans-waste project was established by me through inspiration. I am a devoted, industrious, and goal-oriented individual that values excellence, creativity, and analytical abilities. A team player and also ready for changes in development. I am passionate about bridging the gap of poverty and sustaining the environments in Africa, Spending more time with animals and nature inspires me. I have received several award through scholarships and I am happy to be one of the conservation scholar currently at the African Leadership University..