Radio La Savane Energie

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Radio La Savane Energie

Congo (Kinshasa)
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
$1,000 - $10,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

With a constant power supply Radio La Savane Energie will be able to reach out to the Kakwa population with their broadcasts.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Install a solar system so that the radio station can function without power cuts.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

The Radio La Savane Energie is a community effort in response to the needs of the population in Kakwa County and beyond for information about the area, the problems and solutions.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

The population in Kakwa County lives in relative ignorance in what is happening around them, in the county, in the country and even beyond. Radio La Savane Energie wants to use their broadcasts to train, inform and teach the population in order to cultivate unity in the county. The station was officially opened and started broadcasting on 31 July 2009.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

Radio La Savane Energie is the only radio station operating in Kakwa County and has the support of the Kakwa deputy to the government of the county. The radio station responds to a need felt in the communities to have their own radio station with information and education about issues of interest to them. The broadcasts can be followed in the whole Kakwa County and even beyond and reaches out to a population of around 150,000 - 200,000 people.
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Africa Inland Mission
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About Your Organization
Organization Name

Africa Inland Mission

Organization Country
Country where this project is creating social impact
How long has your organization been operating?

More than 5 years

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Select the stage that best applies to your solution

Growth (your pilot is up and running, and starting to expand)

How long have you been in operation?

Operating for 1‐5 years

Social Impact
FOUNDING STORY: We want to hear about your “Aha!” moment. Share the story of where and when the founder(s) saw this solution’s potential to change the world.

To solve the problem of the relative ignorance of the population of Kakwa County Radio La Savane Energie started broadcasting on 31 July 2009. The radio is involved in discussing topics that have the attention of the population, like AIDS, agriculture, family issues, security, relationships, church, culture, and many more.

Specify both the depth and scale of your solution’s social impact to date

Many people own a radio and listen to the radio broadcasts of Radio La Savane Energie to be updated on what is happening in their area. Broadcasts, like the broadcast about AIDS, are discussed in listeners groups. People are encouraged to come to community activities, or national ones, like the inscription to vote in the national elections the end of this year. Broadcasts are done in various languages, French, Lingala, Kakwa, and English.

What is your projected impact within the next 1-5 years? Is your idea replicable? If so, how?

The population of Kakwa County is listening to the broadcasts of Radio La Savane Energie.
The Kakwa living in Uganda and Sudan are also listening.
Projects of community development in different areas are seen as a result of the radio broadcasts.

Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and mark growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact

Radio La Savane Energie can broadcast without power cuts thanks to a solar system that provides enery.

Six-Month Tasks
Task 1

After reception of funding, buy all the necessary equipment and find the people to install it.

Task 2

Install the solar equipment when all has been bought.

Task 3

Start broadcasting using the solar equipment.

Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone

To broadcast from 5am till 10pm.

12-Month Tasks
Task 1

Search for people who volunteer as technicians and presenters.

Task 2

Train these volunteers.

Task 3

Start with the extended broadcast schedule six months after the solar equipment has been installed.

How many people have been impacted by your project?

More than 10,000

How many people could be impacted by your project in the next three years?

More than 10,000

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What barriers have hindered the success of your project to date? How do you plan to overcome these and other challenges as you grow your solution?

The power supply is through generators. Fuel is expensive and sometimes scarce. To have a reliable and constant power supply Radio La Savane Energie searches to install a solar system as power supply for the radio.

How do you see the information-technology and media sectors shifting over the next decade? How will your solution adapt to and/or drive that changing environment?

Solar power is expensive to buy but in the long run is cheaper than fuel. Also, when the power supply is regular the radio station can expand. We can think here about television. To generate income, we also can think about the establishment of an internet cafe.

Failure is not always an option. If your solution fails to gain traction in the next two years, what other applications of the idea could you explore?

Failure is not an option as the radio responds to a need of the community. Through community actions we will try to generate the money necessary to buy the solar equipment.

Expand on your selections, explaining how you will sustain funding

The presenters of particular programs are asked for a small contribution to be able to broadcast their program.

Tell us about your partnerships

Partnership is with the Kakwa deputy to the national government, with the population of Kakwa County, with the churches and NGO active in the area, with the medical autorities in the region, with the schools.

What type of team (staff, volunteers, etc.) will ensure that you achieve the growth milestones identified in the Social Impact section?

The volunteer team of Radio La Savane Energie (director, administrator, journalists, financial administrator, and laborers), together with the people in the local communities and the presenters of the different programs, will make sure that growth in the minsitry of the radio station will continue and be sustainable.

Changemakers is a collaborative and supportive space. Please specify any community resources you would need to grow and sustain your initiative. Select all that apply

Investment, Human resources or talent, Marketing or media, Research or information, Collaboration or networking, Pro-bono help (legal, financial, etc.), Innovation or ideas, Mentorship.

Specify any resources you might offer to support other initiatives. Select all that apply

Marketing or media, Collaboration or networking.

Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren’t specified within the list

As the volunteers of Radio La Savane Energie do not have the propoer media training this will be very welcome from other initiatives.

Define your company, program, service or product in 1-2 short sentences

Radio station "Radio La Savane Energie"