Gongali Model Co.Ltd

Gongali Model Co.Ltd: Cow-dung biogas; a catalyst for rural community holistic empowerment

Arusha, TanzaniaArusha, Tanzania
Year Founded:
2014
Organization type: 
for profit
Project Stage:
Growth
Budget: 
$10,000 - $50,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

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

Cow dung! Normally, an ignored waste in rural Tanzania but now I have changed it into a source of inspiration, particularly for women. I build cow-dung biogas on loans to household determined to be development models in our community. Household with biogas no longer cut trees for cooking firewood.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if cow-dung stops environmental degradation without rule of law
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Women in Tanzania waste a lot of time in drugery of collecting firewood for cooking. Beside being expensive and rare, firewood produces poisonous smoke that affect women eyes and respiratory system. The goverment has set policies (rule of law) on protecting environment but it does not work until people are given alternative energy solution. Rural community is poor - they can not afford one time payment for biogas system, about 625 USD.

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

By building cow-dung based biogas systems my company has become part of the solution. I provide biogas loans that houselds repay little by little throught the year and they give 2% interest every month to sustain my progress. At present I am soliciting grants from my partners to have initial capital. The loans are offered at my office labled "Empower Community Center". This center is built in the midst of the community to make it easily accessible. We provide empowerment seminars on various issues that touch our community. We have all facilities for training in our center. The interested households fill the loan application form and arrange for flexible repayment plan for their biogas loan.
Impact: How does it Work

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

At present, the houselds with biogas systems have already stoped using firewood for cooking - in fact there is no firewood in the house cumpuses. Thus, women spend more time on other economic activities rather than collecting firewood everyday. We promised to give tree seedlings to all those households which dared to build the biogas systems. This will re-populate our village with trees as it was about 30 years ago when I was young. Now I am planning to advance women empowerment programs towards other economic activities through their village banking groups (few already established). More flexible loans that we anticipate giving will uplift many poor households from extreme poverty.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

Up to now 33 households have already acquired their biogas systems. This is equivalent to many tones of trees that would have been cut for cooking every year.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

With time, I hope my approach will attract the attention of policy markers and it might be made a rule of law for every household to build a biogas system. This will completely restore the fast-desappering trees/forest in my country. I am determined to scale-up my innovation and spread to other villages in the whole country of Tanzania and beyond with 10 years.
Sustainability

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

We receive 2% interest per month for every biogas loan (625 USD) we provide to households. This ensures sustainability of our project. Also, there are some NGOs and foundations that are interested to subsidize the price for the most poor households in my local community. We need advice and support in this area.

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

There are no companies interested to build biogas for the poor people because the initial investment is very high. We got interest-free loans from KIVA, USA, that is why we were able to penetrate our market nitche and are making a significant impact.
Team

Founding Story

We started just as a social movement - encouraging people to care for environment for example by investing in renewable energy. Later, we realized that KIVA gives interest-free loans for those kinds of initiatives. Then, that was the beginning of our company - now we are registed by the Tanzania government and are growing fast!

Team

I am Ruth Elineema Lukwaro, the CEO of my company. I have MBA in international business and receives precious training through YALI 2014. Our project director, A. Hilonga, is a Ph.D holder in Engineering. Our biogas Technician has years of experience of building biogas and maintainance. We also employed project coordinator who works on biogas loans and training. Several university students/graduates have also volunteered during their holidays.
About You
About You
First Name

Ruth

Last Name

Lukwaro

About Your Project
Organization Name
How long has your organization been operating?

Project
Organization Country

, Arusha

Country where this project is creating social impact

, Arusha

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Foundations, NGOs, Customers.

Supplemental
Awards: What awards or honors has the project received?

Because of my engaugement with Rural Communities I was selected for YALI 2014

Where have you learnt about the competition?

Through online/internet

Tell us about your partnerships:

Accepted by KIVA as an experimental partner. KIVA gives us interest-free loans but we have already reached our limit which is 50,000 USD. Now I am trying to find other sources of grants to subsidize my product for the extremely poor clients.

Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

1. Alan R. Roy, Founder & Executive Director
Primary Schools For Africa Society
3301 Wordsworth St, Victoria, BC, V8P 4B9
Tel: 250-598-4207

2. David Kitusa
Regional Representative, Anglophone Africa
Mobile: +254•721.660.547
Skype: davidkitusa
Kiva.org – Loans that Change Lives
2nd Floor, Strathmore Business School
Madaraka, Ole Sangale Rd, P.O. Box 4095-00506 Nairobi