Tell us about the social impact of your innovation. Please include both numbers and stories as evidence of this impact
The social impact of this is already seen in other countries where it has taken hold. Refugee camp in Iridimi, Chad is showing significant decrease in firewood usage and travel outside the camps. Of the 15,000 refugees there, most families use the solar cooker for at least one meal out of the day. The effort in Sudan has been hampered by the ongoing war in Darfur and the difficulty of working with the Sudanese government. However in El Fashir, Darfur there has been a growing number of women involved in solar cooking. About 50 women have been trained there and many more are interested but due to lack of resources the effort has slowed. Two areas around Khartoum Sudan have been my recent focus -Omdurman and El Hajusif. These two areas of the city of Khartoum are filled with IDPs from South Sudan as well as Darfur. About 70 have been trained in solar cooking and it will take about 3 years to establish a social impact on the society.
Problem: Describe the primary problem(s) that your innovation is addressing
Shortage of charcoal and firewood in the urban areas of Sudan is a major problem. Usually one third of the family income goes to cooking fuel. In Darfur the problem increases to that of rape for the women and girls as they forage miles from the camps in search of wood.
Actions: Describe the steps that you are taking to make your innovation a success. What might prevent that success?
I have been collaborating with a Sudanese run NGO called Darfur Peace and Development Org. to get this innovation into Darfur. I have also worked directly with two Sudanese men who are training women in Khartoum in solar cooking.
Prevention comes in many forms. Lack of funding limits the efforts to just Khartoum. The cost of materials, duty and response of the Sudanese government is also a potential threat. The difficulty of me getting into Sudan regularly is another potential problem. Most big NGO groups are skeptical and are not very innovative in this area.
Results: Describe the expected results of these actions over the next three years. Please address each year separately, if possible
Year one: establish a better visible base of solar cooking in Khartoum that will convince NGO groups and the Sudanese government that this is a viable option
Year two: Start production of good quality local made cookers in Khartoum that will supply the local needs of urban as well as rural
Year three: Mobilize the local universities and schools to promote all kinds appropriate solar energy into their studies and vision
If your innovation seeks to impact public policy, how?
I would anticipate the public policy impacted in a way that the leaders' will encourage and motivate the people to start conserving their fossil fuel and replanting trees. When the benefits are seen by the people the policy will be easy to encourage and reinforce.