What solution(s) does your initiative address to help emerging entrepreneurs and small businesses grow and thrive in underserved communities? (select all applicable)
Access to supply chains, Access to economic opportunity.
What has been the impact of your solution to date?
CSM currently directly employs 150 staff, equally distributed among the cultivation, processing and distribution units of the business. In Maputo, two thousand low-income households are now customers of CSM, utilizing the NDZiLO clean cooking solution on a daily basis, improving their indoor air quality and reducing respiratory disease. Each household comprises of 5 members on average.
In the rural areas, CSM is currently working with 250 farmers enabling them to switch from subsistence farming to sustainable surpluses production while restoring the land through conservation agriculture practices. The baseline practice in rural Mozambique is deforestation for charcoal production followed by “slash and burn” agriculture, resulting in extremely degraded soil and low productivity. By enhancing and diversifying crop production, food security and farmers’ nutrition are greatly improved.
What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?
By 2014, CSM’s agroforestry program will involve over 2,000 farmers. Two million trees will have been planted as forest shelterbelts around farmer fields, and smallholder farmers’ income will be tripled. 80,000 households will be using the NDZiLO cooking solution instead of charcoal. This will prevent over 20,000ha of forest destruction annually, and reducing emissions of CO2 and soot by hundreds of thousands of tons annually.
The objective once we have proved the concept is profitable at large scale is to replicate this business model in other regions of Mozambique and other countries in Sub-Saharan Africa currently relying heavily on charcoal for cooking.
What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?
Potential barriers to CSM's success are:
Reluctance of urban households to switch to a new form of cooking: Before choosing the stove and fuel to sell, CSM went through a long reasearch and analysis process that included household energy surveys and focus groups. The fuel and cookstove we sell were selected based on customers' preferences and with the support of a local partner with longterm experience in the same sector. Further more, based on the first feedbacks we received from customers we are planning to partner with a product design company to better customize the stove to local needs.
Lack of skilled human resources: Thanks to its innovative model, CSM has attracted local and international talents who want to be part of this success story.
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Impact on jobs: Clean cookstove is manufactured in the region (Currently manufactured in EU and assembled locally).
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Impact on rural development: Number of farmers partnering with CSM reaches 2,000