Jatropha, sunflower and kenaf for economic, health and environment recovery of the community

Jatropha, sunflower and kenaf for economic, health and environment recovery of the community

Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
$10,000 - $50,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

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We want to expand our jatropha test plantation to 33,000 households in Rugombo, build a plant to extract jatropha oil for home lighting. This is clean energy, it will help save. We want to expand our jatropha test plantation within the community of 33,000 households in Rugombo, one of the communes of Cibitoke province; then build

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Deterioration of health due to using kerosene for house lighting Carbon emissions due to kerosene Deterioration of environment Extreme poverty people are living in

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

We will use global market approach in which we will serve 13,000 households, then each one serving 3 households per year; it means that the entire population will be served with seeds, fertilizer in 2 years. We will also use the same method in selling the jatropha oil to households. We will use micro-finance approach, meaning that the population will pay back the seeds in order to reach out other communes of the province. It will be the first time of using clean energy for home lighting; this will improve their health, cohabitation, economic and environment conditions.
Impact: How does it Work

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Our mission is to promote new and innovative ways of life to the poor population who asked SHINE for alternatives to bad conditions they live in. This project will transform lives of 33,000 households (each containing at least 5 persons) economically, their health and environment. It will reduce carbon emissions. This project will continue and reach other provinces.
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Organization Phone

+257 78821760

Organization Address

B.P 5944 Kinindo

Organization Country

, BJ

How long has this organization been operating?

More than 5 years

Your idea
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, CI

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Distribute jatropha, sunflower, kenaf seeds and fertilizer to the population as a loan.


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How many people will your project serve annually?

What is the average monthly household income in your target community, in US Dollars?

Less than $50

Does your project seek to have an impact on public policy?

If so, how?

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What stage is your project in?

Operating for less than a year

Does your organization have a board of directors or an advisory board?


Does your organization have any non monetary partnerships with NGOs?

Does your organization have any non monetary partnerships with businesses?


Does your organization have any non monetary partnerships with government?


Please tell us more about how partnerships could be critical to the success of your innovation.

Paternship is vital and crucial; and we already using it with the administration, local associations of farmers

We would like to learn more about how your initiative is financially supported. Please explain your business plan/revenue model

We have already established the JTP (jatropha test plantation); After seeing it, the population asked SHINE to help farm jatropha; that is why we decided, with the population, to introduce jatropha and renaf for bifuel production and sunflower for cooking oil production.
We plan to give seeds and fertilizer to 33,000 households into 2 years by starting with 13,000 households in 2011. In 2012, these 13,000 will supply seeds to the rest.
In 2011, we want also to start building refinery for jatropha, renaf and sunflower oils, so that we start selling at the end of 2011.
We will use global market and micro-finance approaches meaning that the population will get sell the seeds and fertilizer as loan, sells its harvest to SHINE. This one extract oil. After doing it, SHINE will not sell directly but it will give opportunity to the poor of create their own jatropha, renaf and sunflower businesses to sell to themselves.

The Story
What was the defining moment that led you to this innovation?

In 2009 when I realize how the population of Rugombo had no water, no latrine, no ways to send their children to school, eating a meal a day.

Tell us about the social innovator—the person—behind this idea.

I grew up with heart to help poor people in Africa. At the age of 36, I left the job I had in Burundi airline company to start caring for people through peacebuilding capacity and social enterprise empowerment.

How did you first hear about Changemakers?

Newsletter from Changemakers

If through another source, please provide the information.

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Which (if any) of the following strategies apply to your organization or company (check as many as apply)

Developing/applying technology for surveying, mapping and documenting property rights.

Please explain how your work furthers one or many of the above strategies (if you selected “other”, please explain your strategy)

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