“Water for Life; When you conserve water, you conserve life”

“Water for Life; When you conserve water, you conserve life”

Dodoma, TanzaniaDodoma, Tanzania
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
Start-Up
Budget: 
$100,000 - $250,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

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

There is no question that Water is absolutely the best way to impact human life all over the world. And yet, over one billion men, women, and children do not have enough safe water to drink and therefore will never live a healthy life. This project aims at providing permanent solution to the problem

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

The project is based on the belief that lack of access to safe water is the primary cause of hunger, disease and poverty in Tanzania. These are specifically what my solution addresses. Water scarcity is a problem mainly in the central part of Tanzania where there are semi-arid conditions; the problem is severe and mostly women and school-age children are affected. Hence, providing solution to this problem, enables national sustainable development

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

The permanent solution to this problem is drilling as many wells as possible and taping rain water. Collecting rain water in these areas and drilling enough wells will increase the rate of participation of women in alleviating poverty as well as attendance of children in classes. The ponds where they fetch water are about more than 10 km which largely affect the pupils learning and women participation in social activities as a lot of time is consumed in fetching unsafe water.There are enough water to save thousands of lives just 100 to 300 feet underground. However, we know that with hand tools, digging water well 100 feet deep is unimaginable, that's why we want to bring water well drilling equipment to provide life-giving sources of water
Impact: How does it Work

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

For example, considering well constructions as a solution to the problem, once the areas have been surveyed and the permanent water table depth identified, the well is drilled using drilling machines to the extent where the permanent water table is reached. This ensures that the well drilled will never dry up irrespective of climatic changes. Having achieved this, For the first time, children become eager to learn while young men and women are able to work harder to produce an income and more food. Everyone envisions better futures and begin working towards them. Giving clean water to a poverty stricken community is like giving a blood transfusion to a dying man. Water means new potential, new hope for a better tomorrow and a new life.
Sustainability

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

The government is also addressing the problem through its water authority called Dodoma Urban Water Supply and Sewerage Authority. But as the name suggests, this is basically for the urban areas leaving the rural community with no help. This is what has really touched me and decided to serve the rural community with this calamity. Rural areas in Tanzania has approximately 35 million people while the urban has just about 15 million people. The target is to reach the at least 70% of the rural population starting first in Dodoma region. Our ultimate goal is to provide durable water to rural areas
About You
Organization:
DODOMA ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION ORGANIZATION (DECO)
About You
First Name

Yustino Gaudiano

Last Name

Nyendeza

About Your Project
Organization Name

DODOMA ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION ORGANIZATION (DECO)

Organization Country

, DO, Dodoma

Country where this project is creating social impact

, DO, Dodoma

How long has your organization been operating?

Less than a year

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Your Solution
Founding Story: Share a story about the “Aha!” moment that led you to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

I decided to get started with this project and believe that it is going to succeed after visiting the area where the Chinese are building the University in Dodoma-Tanzania where there is aridity conditions. They used advanced equipment in drilling down the wells and found a lot of water just about 200 feet below the ground; these wells are the ones serving the whole university community with more than 40,000 students. I then realized that, the water scarcity affecting people in these areas are not due to absence of water, but due to poor technology that we are using. Hence from this experience, I have committed to devote a lot of efforts on this project to ensure that I serve the life of these innocent groups suffering from lack of water.

Select Sector(s): To which of Unilever's categories of sustainability does your solution apply?

Water.

Measurable Impact
Audience: Who have you identified as your customers/recipients and why? How will you get your solution to them or engage them in your initiative?

The main customers whom I have identified are the local communities in various villages within Dodoma region who have suffered a lot from this problem. I have identified the rural community because they are ones who have suffered severely with this problem, unlike the urban ones. Before the start of the project, I involved them with my plans and the local governments were happy for this and granted me a go ahead. I usually involve them in various issues like providing labour force during drilling.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date and expected impact in the future?

Because the project has just started, no much impact has been created to date as I am currently drilling the first well in one village, this will save about 500,000 people in the village. But, I have a positive hope that in future, the life of the local community will be totally transformed. The Long term goals of this project are; No more time wasted fetching water; Reducing risks and other problems faced in the course of fetching water by 99%; avoiding water related diseases. E.g. malaria and Typhoid by at least 90%, Capacity building for the community to harvest rain water for domestic use, Reduction of poverty, The project will also help the girl-child to live in a hygienic atmosphere which will make it more conducive for their studies. The target is to have at least two permanent wells in each village in Dodoma region. Also, if I secure enough funds, I will drill wells in schools.

Growth, Finance & Leadership
Scaling the Solution: How do you intend to scale your activities over the next two years (e.g., reach new markets, diversify solutions, etc.)? What will make this possible?

Our target is to serve at least 2 million people within Dodoma region rural areas within next two years. After having achieved this target, we plan to expand the project and reach new market within Tanzania rural areas. Currently, most of the rural communities are spending more than 8 hours searching for water day and night. Our plan is that at least all villagers within Dodoma spend no more than 1 hours searching for water. Currently, we are working as a team of three people, however, the found of the project was Yustino G. Nyendeza. The prize money will really enable us achieving our goals. USD 100,000 will go directly to water drilling projects, USD 50,000 will assist in rain harvesting,remainder will be used to meet operating expenses.

Financial Sustainability: What is your business model to ensure financial sustainability?

Our project is financially sustainable. Our intention is that local communities will be contributing some moneys through buying water about USD 2 per month per 20 litre bucket. The collections will be used to construct further wells and develop more water tapes for supplying water to various villages. Also, there is some annual members subscription and registrations fees for new members. Hence, apart from depending on donors, we do have our base.

Experience: Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.

During the year 2010, I managed to pioneer a group of young people with intention of doing business of depositing and advancing loans to the members and earn interest. This group flourished nicely and it is still active. This enabled the group to receive some loans from government agencies. Also, when I was still in university, I attended about 20 seminars on entrepreneurship where I got practical training on how to establish and manage projects.

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