Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?
We will increase farming efficiency both by leasing large areas of land (which the government leases for USD 1 to 2 / m2, depending on the region) and helping farmers with modest land properties with technology. During the start up phase (12-18 months), the Zai-Bugs will be lent/leased to the farmers. From using the technology, their yields will increase by no less than 500%-600%, from which they can pay us with a percentage of crops (5% - 10%)
Founding Story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that led the founder to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.
The five team members, Julian, Beza, Paul, Simon, and I (Princella) met on campus at the Lauder School of Government. I became passionate about finding a sustainable way to solve the world's problems i.e. a profitable way to make a difference that did not rely on charity. Once it was decided upon to tackle the issue of agricultural struggles as a way to actually solve and not put a band-aid on global hunger, I KNEW that these four people HAD to be involved with me. The two "aha" moments, were 1.) when my friends in Niger told me of the effectiveness of zai farming but that NO ONE WAS USING IT SIMPLY BECAUSE OF THE LABOR INTENSITY! 2.) when Julian told me about his background in farming. Upon 1st appearance, you'd never guess he's a farmer!
Partnerships: Tell us about your partnerships.
As mentioned earlier, Date Cola is partnering with us to represent their beverage and food products made from dates found in abundance in the Middle East. We want to utilize the unused excess dates in the Middle East to make nutritious food for sale as well as teach women how to use the dates to feed their families rather than cheap street food. In locations like the Philippines, undeveloped land will be used for Zai farming to plant more dates.