Best Projects 2022 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 is to be the leading provider of quality affordable and sustainable eco-friendly housing solutions. First, Kuzimba Services provides access to desired construction materials and professional building services on a web platform with payments made through an integrated digital payment system and wallet savings provision for future constructions. Secondly, Kuzimba provides transport deliveries of these building materials to the clients desired sight or place. Thirdly, Kuzimba is a marketplace not only for medium businesses or companies in the construction sector but acts as a job marketing platform for professionals and graduates in this field.
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
We make eco bricks from brick-waste construction material and eco tiles from plastic materials. The available machines are able to produce 5000 bricks / tiles per day or on order but we plan to buy a multi purpose brick/block making machine for ease of use and faster production. We have provided site renovations and proper water waste management solutions for over 117 homes in the past 4 months through various community outreaches. We expect to hit 300 homes by end of 2022. We have recruited over 20 graduates on the team and there is need to build a skilling center for better output and productivity.
Sustainability and future plans
Each eco brick/tile comes at $0.8-$1 based on the size. We make profits from sales, hired professional services, transport deliveries, the building wallet for savings, and ongoing transactions that amount to about $408k per year. We have received grants and equity free investments worth $150k from various collaborators and competitions. We currently need to raise $350k to buy multi purpose brick/block making machinery, 2 trucks for the eco-brick factory and pay for labour costs. This will increase our production rate by 25% and improve on our brand visibility.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
My Name is Ephrance Eunice Namugenyi Founder and Managing Director Kuzimba Services. I am a female entrepreneur born on 03/12/1988 in Uganda. I am a Lecturer at the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering Kyambogo University and my issue has always been having to teach students in building and engineering school, get them skilled and then graduated only to have them jobless. The Building and construction sector is a competitive male dominated space and so standing out as female leader has taken focus, consistency and resilience. As a result we have won 4 major excellent awards; 2 from HiPipo foundation, 40 days 40 fintechs landscape exhibition and even emerged winners of the 2021 Women in Fintech Hackathon Competition that happens every year in Uganda.