Published on April 20, 2016 um 19:33

Explain your idea in details:

RenewDrive is a recent idea born out of our passion to create a lasting solution to environmental problems, faced by vulnerable populations in the marginalised communities of Nigeria. We realised that far above advocacy and sensitization around climate change, waste management, as well as access to clean livelihood, it becomes necessary to design and implement tangible solutions that will address various environmental issues affecting majorly the rural/urban poor. This initiative differs from what we have been doing in the past, because it is more of a practical-based approach to adapting to and mitigating various effects of climate change in our communities. Ultimately, we aim to connect women in marginalised communities to the alternative clean energy needed for safer cooking at an affordable cost. The impact goes beyond household cooking. While making cleaner form of cooking fuel (when compared to conventional firewood and charcoal) available in rural communities, it also create a veritable source of economic empowerment for women and youth that might be interested in producing and retailing carbon-neutral briquettes made from renewable biomass waste. Objective: Even though there are other forms of cooking energy to be explored as we progress, carbon-neutral briquettes made from agricultural waste as opposed to conventional ones are more sustainable from a climate change perspective. In Sub-Saharan Africa, wood-based fuels account for over 80% of primary energy supply (IEA, 2006). This is certainly not healthy for our environment. You can as well check us on

Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development

The impact of my idea on sustainable development is categorised into two areas, namely, quantitative and qualitative impact. Quantitative Impact: Amount of money saved from buying cooking fuel; Amount of agricultural waste recovered and recycled which may have otherwise been disposed/burnt contributing to carbon (CO2) emission Qualitative Impact: Positive impact on consumers health due to cleaner household cooking; Size of forest resources saved from exploitation for wood-fuel in established communities; Economic empowerment for women; Increased jobs for women and youth; Reduced air-pollution; By 2017, RenewDrive will have directly empowered at least 120 local women, and served 1,800 households indirectly.

Plans for implementation and sustainability

We plan to be financially sustainable majorly through the sales of our carbon-neutral briquettes for institutional and household use. Additionally, through micro-franchising to local entrepreneurs that would be interested in making and retailing the products in their various rural communities around south-western states of Nigeria. RenewDrive team will explore the opportunities of collaborating with other actors in the clean cooking energy business within and outside Nigeria. This will further generate additional impact and revenue for us.
For over 13 months, we have acquired the necessary skills, expertise, and experience in the following areas: Field-based experience on briquettes production using screw pressing and manual briquetting machines; Strong relationship with rural communities in south-western states of Nigeria, as well as different social development actors; Excellent knowledge on the supply of combustible agricultural waste; Development of unique marketing and distribution plan.
All of these will help us in implementing and sustaining our plans for the realization of safe and affordable household cooking for all.

Your profile

I am a 24 year old social entrepreneur that grew up in a community faced with various societal challenges ranging from poor access to clean water, and clean cooking energy, as well as high rate of unemployment and environmental degradation. Against all odds, my parents strived to nurture and provide me with the best form of education I can possibly get around. Their belief and tenacity to give me nothing but the best has been a source of motivation for me. They made me realise the power of vision, goal setting, and determination at a very tender age. Their punchline that I can be whatever I want to be in as much as I believe, work hard, and never relent, has been my driving force in the quest to proffer solution to some of the worlds problems, starting from my immediate community. My interests has been, and will always be helping vulnerable people and marginalised communities lead healthy and productive lives. Recently, RenewDrive was listed among the Best 50 Business Ideas in the British Council Enterprise Challenge 2016.

Stage of Idea

start-up stage

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August 21, 2016 21:02

You conceived a great idea. Sure it's great, when it comes to social problems, your idea is the real solution. I support it by votes and comments. Just don't give up if want to implement it!

June 15, 2016 11:31

Hi Babajide!

Your idea is so great. It's creative and perspective. It's really relevant these days so I think you will achieve success with it. I wish you good luck and vote for you.
Please check out my idea and please vote for me too if you find my idea interesting.


June 13, 2016 18:05

Hi, you have a good idea there THUMBS UP.
I have cast my vote for you!
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Tyson Odoo

June 7, 2016 22:02

Amazing idea bro...
Wishing you all the best in this endevour to create a powerful impact on the community.
#Blessings bro.

June 7, 2016 14:01

Congrats for your good idea, very useful and interested idea
i vote for you.. you can also support my project of Easy and portable shower-latrine through this link

Dotun Oyeyemi

June 4, 2016 14:56

Great idea there Jide, kudos to you and here is hoping you win eventually.


Iteoluwakishi Adebola-Ohis.

June 4, 2016 11:53

When he told me about this idea, it blew my mind. I'd really like for him to win this.

Jobson Birundu Makworo

June 4, 2016 07:52

Great idea you have.
The briquettes technology proves to be economically and environmentally sustainable as already highlighted.I wish to borrow your idea to use it in my village in Kenya.Am inquisitive of the raw materials and machines or equipments required in the manufacture of the briquettes .
Big up dear libertarian.

Adex gee

June 4, 2016 03:23

Well done, Jide. Wish you great success in accomplishing this.


June 4, 2016 00:24

Great initiative. Kudos!!

Dayo Pelumi

June 3, 2016 11:12

This idea is essentially coherent to the drive for climate change mitigation, while opening up more empowerment opportunities for marginalized rural dwellers. Kudos!


June 3, 2016 01:08

Such great idea and innovation proffering sustainable solutions! I like it.


June 2, 2016 22:50

Great initiative. Kudos!

May 7, 2016 17:23

your plan is very good but according to me i you should increase description in Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development so that people seeing your plan will have a clear cut idea

April 21, 2016 02:14

Thank you Imelda for your time and contribution to improve on my idea. Suggestions raised will be duly acted upon.

April 20, 2016 23:52

Jayson thank you very much for your time and suggestions. I will surely look into the points you have raised, and work on it accordingly. Once again, thank you.

April 20, 2016 21:49

You have a great idea!

But I just like to say like Jayson: "Try to focus on producing a line of your products that Big Box stores can purchase so that it will have exportability capacity and bring in more revenue".
if you can consider this advice, your project could go further than you think!

It would be a real pleasure for me, if you take time to read and comment my idea on my page "BOOST IDEA".
thank you in advance!

April 20, 2016 19:54

RenewDrive is a great idea that tackles a myriad of issues in your area,as such I must fully support it. The environmental impact shall be truly felt in a positive manner and economic opportunities for those impoverished individuals shall be provided.As long as you can ensure a stable cash flow, you will have endless growth opportunities.Try to focus on producing a line of your products that Big Box stores can purchase so that it will have exportability capacity and bring in more revenue.A simple sturdy packaging, a good name and some marketing will get you to that level.I wish you great success with your business and I kindly request you visit and comment on my idea Urclickcast.Take care.