Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.
Our unique Solar Drier Demo Site and a zero waste processing technology processes all the elements of fresh fruits, berries, herbs (fruits, kernels, peels, seeds and gets dried fruits, herbs, oil, juice powder, seasoning, coal bricks, jam, compost, etc). It is provided to 205 households (1230 people) annually. Each of them dries about 300 kg of fresh produce-50-60 kg of dried fruits used for self-consumption. Total of 32 tones of dried fruits is sold in the market and 16 tones -to schools, hospitals (for treatment of chronic constipation), orphanages. About 108 villagers are collecting and/or growing medicinal and tea herbs. The design docs of the solar drier were asked and delivered to 6 countries. 23 local producers built similar driers.
We have provided training to 207 people, organized internships for 26 students of Agrarian University; collaborated with the Ministry of Agriculture (Armforest) to draw a map and trails for collection of wild fruits and berries in forested areas, with the Ministry of Territorial Administration to allocate lands to local women groups for establishment of gardens for medicinal and tea herbs; with the Ministry of Environment to develop the list of dry resistant plans that will survive the climate change.
Our monitoring data and feedback of our clients prove the usefulness of dried fruits and herbs for constipation, indigestion, anemia, fevers, skin diseases, etc. We have developed guidelines and instructions for usage of medicinal and tea herbs.
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.
Social -205 poor process fruits,berries, herbs; get healthy, nutritional food for winter time for 613 children and revenues from sale. About 60 tones of fresh produce is not spoiled.
Health-The dried apricots, prunes, medicinal and tea herbs processed in our solar drier meet the international food safety & quality standards. They are delivered to the hospitals and clinics for treatment of constipation and respiratory systems, diabetics.
Environment- Within 5 years the drier reduces consumption of 35000 cubic meters of natural gas; 500 kg of sulphur; emissions of CO2 for 65 tones; SO2 for 1tone, saves 18200*2 USD for gas as gas prices increased for two times 10 days ago. The project promotes the use of solar appliances.
Solar drier -The design and technology of the solar drier was asked and delivered to 6 countries: Djibouti, Panama, Nepal, Afghanistan, India, Georgia. 24 local producers have built similar driers, 420 got training, 1200 work with us.