What has been the impact of your solution to date?
Our main impact is on the waste management and pollution risks: our work is the only way to decrease the daily quantity of waste entering in the open air dump and pollution risks linked to it, reducing also methane gas emissions. In 2011 we reached 2.000 tons of organic waste recycled.
Since last year (beginning of the sales) we sold more than 50 tons of compost to more than 300 customers. Satisfied with quality they already began to use the compost for agriculture which encouraged us to develop our own tests with farmers more concerned in availability of new fertilizer.
At the social level we employed in 2011 over 30 people including 20 unskilled workers almost all aged under 25 and 9 women. One employee who was homeless entered the house he built thanks to his wages from Terra Nova, some rehabilitated their homes and others have returned to school in evening classes. Their works have been a great opportunity for being reintegrated in society.
What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?
Within 3 years, we hope to recycle more than half of the waste collected by the city of Beira, that is more than 25,000 tons per year. This will allow us to employ over 300 people within 90% of unskilled workers and a third of women.
The production of more than 5,000 tons of compost will be sold in the peri-urban area and nearby towns to support peri-urban agriculture of Beira. This should help to promote the diversification of food available, while increasing their quality and incomes of more than 5.000 farmers.
What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?
- A field too small, the unavailability of waste or a bad will from the municipality would probably stop the project. That is why we have a strong partnership with the city of Beira and their full support, which includes 3 hectares totaly dedicated to our project, free exclusivity of all the waste for at least a 10-years period.
- Ensuring the growth of the sales of compost is crucial for the sustainability of the project. That is why we are conducting a stronger marketing survey about peri-urban agriculture and testing effects of the compost with farmers. We also take great care to the quality of compost and to the sale strategy.
Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact
In 6 months, we want to have strong bases to enter in agriculture market in the next season that will begin in February.
Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone
In 2013, we want to double the capacity of recycling waste, and sell compost in this new market of agriculture to 200 farmers..