What was the defining moment that led you to this innovation?
It all started at UC Berkeley in our Entrepreneurship to Address Global Poverty course. We were assigned a country and given the task of developing a business plan for a social venture as a team project. After much research and thought, the idea to use bamboo as a viable crop in Malawi was created. Although the main product would be bamboo charcoal, bamboo's versatility made it the perfect crop, keeping longevity and sustainability in mind. As the project progressed, it soon quickly became clear that this venture was not only very much needed, but entirely possible. We then strategical how to take the plan from the theoretical to the physical.
Tell us about the social innovator behind this idea.
This idea and business was a culmination of three passionate, eager, and socially conscious UC Berkeley students. Within our journey we have encountered so many mentors and advisors along the way, who have both challenged and inspired us to think bigger, more realistic, and better. All three founders come from very different backgrounds and interests, yet their passion for this project unites them to create a team experienced in business management, marketing, and entrepreneurship.
How did you first hear about Changemakers?
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