Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.
James is a 30-year-old rice farmer in Mwea whose land has become degraded by ammonium fertilizer overtime. He earns an average of $40/month and spends $5/month on improving land. At the same time, he needs to set on fire most of the excess post-harvest farm waste, which is a nuisance. Through the Irrigation Board, he becomes aware of our conversion process, which makes use of the waste he has in plenty to make biochar in 30 minutes. We supply him with a unique recipe to blend with the biochar to make the nutrient complete. The flowering on his farm becomes earlier and yield is slightly increased, but more importantly, he just saved 120 kg of chemical fertilizers. This saving is enough to afford a nice bicycle or send 4 children to school.
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.
So far we have sold more than 15 tons of our product, which has shown to be profit-making. We actually have farmers who are willing to drive more than 50 km to pick up our product. This has helped the community save more than US$500. Not only that, our project has also managed more than 60 tons of discarded farm waste, which would otherwise have been set on fire to create toxic pollution and contribute towards urban smog. This is equivalent to roughly 80 tons of averted greenhouse gas and particulate emissions into the atmosphere. Furthermore, we have also engaged in extensive training and dissemination of our biochar converter in various communities such as Rumuruti, Nairobi, Machakos, Meru, and Mombasa. One community, for example, pooled together their resources and invested in more than 70 biochar converters amongst themselves.
Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?
To maximize our impact, we have made our $20 biochar converter open-source without patents, so that any farmer can locally manufacture the converter from his/her village metalworker. This helps us eliminate the barrier in setting up our own manufacturing process and distribution channel. On the other hand, our unique fortification recipe is being made at a central facility and will be distributed via agricultural partners and anchor institutions throughout Kenya and beyond. To scale beyond Kenya, we will use the commissioned agent model, and are already talking to potential partners.