JOEL SSIMBWA MUKASA's New Entry

JOEL SSIMBWA MUKASA's New Entry: Smart Bio-toilets in Kampala

Kampala, UgandaKampala, Uganda
Project Stage:
Start-Up
Budget: 
$10,000 - $50,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

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

My project is to provide bio-toilet technologies in Kampala, the capital city of Uganda in order to curb the lack of enough toilets as the people to toilet usage ratio is 3000:1.

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

What if we could provide up to 1000 bio-toilet technology systems in and around Kampala City by 2018, to cater for close to 3,000,000 people in Kampala. Whose people to toilet ratio is 3000:1
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

This project is addressing the lack of enough toilets in Kampala city and hence trying to increase the number of toilets from the current 1000 to at least 2000 by 31st December 2018. (The World Health Organization report 2014) It is important to continue solving this problem in order to avert an impending public health catastrophe.

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

We have designed a bio-toilet technology system, that can easily be installed in various urban slums, hot spots in around the capital city and thus easily be accessed by everyone in need of a toilet service.
Impact: How does it Work

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

The bio-toilet makes a difference in mainly the following ways, the human waste collected from the toilets is used for many purposes and the activities include - Turning the waste into fertilizer, which is used to increase crop yield - Using part of the waste in the generation of electricity - Provision of employment opportunities to the youth, through the management of the toilets across the city and slums.

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

Access to toilets in the city has been increased from the current 1000- 1015. Projected future impact is to provide up to 150 toilets in 3 years, increase employment opportunities to the youth through the management of these toilets. In addition to this, increase access to fertilizer there by ensuring food security and curbing on the issue of energy insecurity, by using waste as a fuel and an alternative to fossil fuel in the generation of electricity reducing the percentage of those who lack electricity from the current 81% of 35 million Ugandans

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

The Ugandan government has already passed an investment policy, encouraging investment opportunities in many sectors including this one of sanitation and public health. Through the Kampala City Council Authority an investment road map in such areas in the city has been put out, but there has been little or no response at all due to lack of innovation for such challenges as this. With this policy in place, our project stands a greater chance of thriving once implemented because of the backing of the city authority that is calling for investment and innovations such as this.
Sustainability

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

Case point scenario, with just installation of 20 bio-toilet technology systems in and around the city, we estimate to charge $0.05/per person/toilet session. 1 toilet=2000 people/day x $0.05 Therefore, implying that with:20 toilets x 2000 people/day x $0.05=$2000,30 days x $2000= $60,000,12 months x $60,000= $720,000 Implying that part of the income generated will be used to make and install at least 10 bio-toilet systems across the city/month.

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

The market place is still virgin, with little or no real competitors providing the toilet service in the urban slums, city which explains the dire need of the service. Our sole competitors are those operating toilets in city buildings across Kampala, which as already proven hardly enough to cater for growing population. For a long time, the market place has lacked innovative ways of dealing the human waste collected, which has been one of the major contributors of diseases in the urban centers and slums, but with our innovation in place we are destined to greatly disrupt the market place.
Team

Founding Story

Several months back, I happened to have my usual strolls in the city Center and I had the urge to urgently find a place where I could go for a short call. To my dismay I moved around the city for the next 30 minutes looking for a toilet to ease myself until I discovered a small ram shackled building. To my surprise upon discovery, they were hundreds of people lined up for a single toilet in the city center after easing myself I embarked on a research and development on the issue and discovered the problem was bigger than it had been. Scholars before me had already done research on the issue for organizations such as the World Health Organization and World Bank report of 2014

Team

Erimu Paul Is a Mechanical Engineer by profession, with relevant skills in bio-digester designing, construction, a diploma in project planning and management, technical skills in the field of waste to energy. Has over 10 years of experience in the field of bio-toilets and bio-Erimu Paul Is a Mechanical Engineer by profession, with relevant skills in bio-digester designing, construction, a diploma in project planning and management, technical skills in the field of waste to energy. Has over 10 years of experience in the field of bio-toilets and bio-digester construction, he will be the project manager of this project and provide expertise on ground to start, maintain and conclude project. Professor Viaaney Tumwesigye Has a doctorate in the field of environment sciences and is a member of the global energy network for urban settlement. In addition to being certified by the United Nations Institute of Training and Research. He possesses over 15 years of bio-toilet technology designing, waste to fertilizer processes and will be a leading consultant on the project. Prof. James Akampumuza, Is a Lawyer by profession with over 25 years in the field of contract, project and business law aspects. His role will be to help our organization enter into successful contracts with the suppliers of materials. With his experience working with different government’s he will lead negotiations with relevant city authorities, leaders and Public, Private owners of land and buildings Dorothy Atukunda With a degree in Social Works, Social Administration, she has over 15 years in the field of Administration, organization, planning and supervisory skills. His role will be in the proper administration of the company, project activities. Mukasa Joel Sssimbwa Is an Entrepreneur by profession, with great business acumen and currently in pursuit for a Masters in Business Administration. He possesses various skills in organization, Business case problem solving, negotiation, sales and marketing and business planning. The brain behind this business concept . construction, he will be the project manager of this project and provide expertise on ground to start, maintain and conclude project. Professor Viaaney Tumwesigye Has a doctorate in the field of environment sciences and is a member of the global energy network for urban settlement. In addition to being certified by the United Nations Institute of Training and Research. He possesses over 15 years of bio-toilet technology designing, waste to fertilizer processes and will be a leading consultant on the project. Prof. James Akampumuza, Is a Lawyer by profession with over 25 years in the field of contract, project and business law aspects. His role will be to help our organization enter into successful contracts with the suppliers of materials and stakeholders . With his experience working with different government departments, he will lead negotiations with relevant city authorities, leaders and Public, Private owners of land and buildings Dorothy Atukunda With a degree in Social Works, Social Administration, she has over 15 years in the field of Administration, organization, planning and supervisory skills. His role will be in the proper administration of the company, project activities. Mukasa Joel Sssimbwa Is an Entrepreneur by profession, with great business acumen and currently in pursuit for a Masters in Business Administration. He possesses various skills in organization, Business case problem solving, negotiation, sales and marketing and business planning. The brain behind this business concept .
Background
Please confirm how you heard about the Unilever Awards:

Heard about it from a blog Opportunities for the Youth

Please confirm your role in the initiative (eg Founder/co-Founder) and your organisational title:

I am Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Organization.

Which of the 8 UN Global Goals (Sustainable Development Goals) pre-selected for this competition does your solution relate most closely to? [select all that apply]

No Poverty, Zero Hunger, Clean Water and Sanitation, Affordable and Clean Energy, Decent Work and Economic Growth.

Leadership and the Unilever Awards
Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.

I and a group of 3 Engineers, have been able to solve the issue of plastic waste management in Kampala City. Up to 3000 tons of waste are collected on a daily basis in the city and more than 60% of the waste is plastic. The Kampala City Council Authority, had no other clear way of dealing with this waste other than burning it and hence contributing to climate change.
In order to solve this problem, we formulated a road technology that is used in the construction of durable roads and one of the biggest components in this technology is plastic waste. This plastic waste is decomposed in an environmentally friendly way, that also facilitates in the making of the road technology.

Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?

I am working with a number of stakeholders in this project, who are as follows
- A team of Engineers
We have a team of experts, specialists in place, with more than 10 years of experience in the designing, installing and maintaining bio-toilet technologies and thus are already work in progress.
- Private Land owners in the city
We are currently holding negotiations, with a number of land owners in the city to allocate us land and space to operate our bio-toilets.

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