Kadosh Production Company (KPC)
Published on June 6, 2016 um 23:30
Explain your idea in details:
Nigeria is the worlds largest producer of cassava, an edible starchy tuberous root which is a major source of carbohydrate. Whilst women contribute around 70% of the total labour required to produce, process, market and distribute it, they earn just 17% of the total associated income. The agricultural system and cassava value-chain continues to dis-empower these women by constraining their livelihoods and productivity. This is a widespread systems-problem affecting a significant population of women in Nigeria and other cassava-producing sub-Saharan countries. Kadosh Production Company (KPC) aims to enhance cassava processing efficiency for local farmers in Nigeria by: 1. KPC utilizes an integrated mechanized plant that processes and packages cassava into finished products 200% faster for mainstream household & industrial consumption KPC provides a discounted and speedy processing services for the local women cassava farmers In exchange for their cassava peels. 3. The peels from cassava which are often considered as waste are then properly harnessed by KPC and sold to livestock farmers as feeds for their goat, sheeps, or pigs, which would otherwise be disposed and burnt openly releasing CO2 emission to the environment. We can afford to save 5tons of cassava peels daily, hence contributing to environmental sustainability. KPC enables women cassava farmers to produce more profitable cassava products and the reduction in processing time means that they can take their products to market more frequently. By working with KPC, women cassava farmers are able to process cassava in 4hours instead of 4 days. They can exchange cassava peels for a 20% discount on the processing fee. Through farmer / retailer cooperatives set up by KPC they can guarantee access to timely processing and packaging. Cooperative members also receive business mentoring and KPC helps facilitate links to large-scale buyers. KPC has worked directly with over 300 women cassava farmers.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
Our measurable impact includes Quatitative outcome: 1) Increased cassava production efficiency: This can be readily measured by calculating the amount of time and money it takes for a farmer to process cassava into a specific finished product using conventional traditional/manual method and comparing it with the amount of time the farmer used in processing same quantity with KPC. Another indicator, is measuring the total weight of cassava KPC processes on a weekly/monthly basis plus weight of by-products and comparing production efficiency with existing practices to better ascertain KPC's environmental benefit. 2) Increased livelihood for women cassava farmers and retailers: This can also be clearly measured by calculating the: 1) cost-savings incured by women farmers using KPC processing services and 2) Profit margin per volume of product sold by women retailers selling KPC finished cassava products. 3) Carbon (CO2) emission savings: The environmental sustainability and benefit of this project is very important too. We will measure the quantity of cassava peels/waste KPC converts into feed stuff for goats, chicken and pigs, and compare it with same waste that is indiscriminately disposed and/or burnt by locals/farmers (CO2 emission) in the same location. Qualitative outcome: 1.KPC eliminates the stress and drudgery occasioned by the sedentary nature of traditional gari production for women farmers/processors. 2.Creates local livelihood opportunities that enable businesses and households to thrive in their local domains rather than be forced to migrate to overcrowded cities where unemployment and crime hold sway. 3.Create jobs and generate sustainable prosperity to reduce poverty in the rural areas. 4. Provides sustainable intervention in poverty alleviation because of the abundant availability of the cassava tubers and the huge size of the gari market. Enables the rural folks to escape extreme poverty and ascend the ladder of economic growth. 5.Strengthens farm-to-market linkages: My business is poised to create an incredible impact in the cassava value-chain.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
KPCs business model:
1) Our viable business model (processing services + retail-friendly packaged products). Both the service and product aspect of KPC are highly scalable across Nigeria and our sustainability approach could be scaled/adapted for other cassava producing countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
2) Integrated low-cost mechanized processing + discounted processing services for women farmers
3) Direct sales of products: to large scale buyers and exporters.
Established as a for-profit social-enterprise, KPC plans to scale its economic empowerment business model through cassava women farmers/retailers cooperatives.
Secondly, KPC will set-up cassava processing facilities to be used by members of proposed cooperatives to guarantee access to timely processing & packaging; cooperative members also receive business mentorship so they learn to operate their farms/retailing activities as sustainable businesses. KPC will help facilitate market linkages to large-scale off-takers/buyers.
I plan to be financially sustainable majorly through the sales of our processed cassava products sold mainstream and processing service(s) paid by women farmers (in-cash or in-kind payments accepted).
Additionally, Im working with Partnership Initiative in the Niger Delta (PIND) Foundation in setting up a two to four hectare farm land to plant fortified Vitamin A cassava obtained from the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture IITA, Ibadan that will be replicated among the women farmers in the Delta community to increase farmers yield per acre of land at harvest and compete with the international market. Our major source of funding is revenue and grants.
KPC received a $25,000 grant for implementation from the United States African Development Fund (USADF) and the Unilever Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneur Awards ( USLYEA 2016).
My name is Cynthia N. Mene, I'm 25 year old and the CEO/Founder of Kadosh Production Company (KPC). As a child, I grew up with my Aunt, a cassava farmer in Abia State Nigeria. We were constantly stressed by cassava peeling, back-breaking processing of cassava and at times suffered economic losses when our health failed. Witnessing these economic ills and reflecting on my painful past, stirred a burning desire and vision to bring an end to the struggle of women farmers in Nigeria. My dream and highest priority is to "make cassava processing lof easier and "sales of finished cassava products more profitable for women like my Aunt". My business will create a future where female farmers are healthy and economically empowered in a sustainable environment. I have over seven years experience working in the area of women empowerment and youth leadership. In 2013 I founded the CAMY Foundation, an organization established to mentor young women. My first venture was a liquid soap company called Ever Glow and now I own Kadosh. I hold a BSc in Textile Science and Polymer Technology, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria I was recognized as 2014 Best Female Entrepreneur for GIST Tech-I Competition. Im a 2015 Mandela Washington Fellow for Young African Leaders Initiative, studied Business and Entrepreneurship at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire. A finalist for the Unilever Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneur Awards (USLYEA), Speaker at Global Forum for Innovation in Agriculture (2015), The United States African Development Awards (USADF 2015), GIST Tech-I Award (2014), Nigeria Champion for Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (2013), International Finance CoKrporation Inaugural Awards (2013), Youth Enterprise with Innovation in Nigeria Awards (2013), Global Startup Youth Fellow (2013).
Kadosh Production Company ( KPC )
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