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.