Tell us about the social impact of your innovation. Please include both numbers and stories as evidence of this impact
Social impacts of my innovation are as follows:
- My idea eats all types of degradable wastes generated at household, agri-farms, forest, schools, business houses, industries etc.
- Most industries pollute local environment in establishment phase, further degrade in production phase. But, my idea cleans pollution factors from the first day implementation.
- It is an effective tool for (a) reducing greenhouse gas emissions, (b) minimizing environmental pollutions, (c) reducing chopping trees, (d) conserving and protecting forests, (e) utilizing household, agriculture, business and forest wastes, (f) relieving housewives from drudgery of collecting fire wood, (g) heavily reducing waste/garbage volume in urban and rural areas, (h) minimizing municipal wastes, (i) fighting with smoke-born and water-born diseases due to contaminated water and excessive smoke emissions from fire wood, (k) creating employment opportunities locally, (l) minimizing foreign currency for importing costly fuels, (m) reducing government subsidy on L.P. gas and kerosene, (n) demonstrating simple solutions on fuel crisis in the country.
- It is a cleaver design of maintaining 3-Es (energy, environment and empowerment) to solve the issues within the community.
Examples of producing briquettes and their use:
1. About 30 households and half a dozen restaurants are using briquettes in Balambu VDC, Kathmandu.
2. Shanti Sewa Griha (a leprosy rehabilitation center - 800 people) using L.P. gas, kerosene and wood for cooking in messes in four places three years ago (monthly expenditure was US$750). Now they are not using a single gas cylinder and kerosene, all depending on briquettes produced by themselves.
3. Fulbari Hotel and Resort in Pokhara (300 staff) using L.P. gas, now using briquettes.
4. Utse Hotel in Kathmandu (100 staff) is using briquettes since 2008.
5. Dwarika Hotel in Kathmandu has started producing briquettes for its own use.
6. Yellow Guest House has produced briquettes since 2008 for its own consumption.
7. Orphanage schools in Kathmandu and Patan are also producing briquettes for their own use.
8. Poultry company, garment/pashmina, ceramics, aluminum industry are also using briquettes for dyeing and modeling works.
9. I introduced briquettes in Cambodia in January 2008, in March 2008 in Kabul and in Hyderabad (India) in November 2008.
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Problem: Describe the primary problem(s) that your innovation is addressing
The primary problems what my innovation is addressing are:
A. Fuel issues
a) Traditional fuels (fire wood and biomass)
- Over-dependence on forest resources (80-85% in cooking only)
- Depleting/converting forest into desert
- Lack of conservation, protection and plantations
- More drudgery to the housewives in collecting fuel wood
- Outdoor and indoor air pollution
- Victims of smoke-born diseases
b) Commercial fuels (LP gas, kerosene and electricity)
- Price hiking frequently
- Short supply or artificial shortage of fuels
- Inaccessible and unaffordable to the poor community
- Costly to the low income groups in urban areas
- Headache to the government for subsidizing the fuel
- Over-expenditure of foreign currency for importing fuels
B. Environmental issues
a) Solid wastes (wastes from kitchen, paper wastes, leaves, grass, saw dust, scrap wood, fruit, packaging and garden wastes)
- Lack of awareness in segregating wastes materials at source (household level)
- Lack of utilizing waste materials in an economic way
- Lack of dumping and land fill sites
- Lack of generating employment opportunities based on wastes
- Lack of translating 3-Rs (reduce, reuse and recycle) into practices
b) Forest resources
- Smuggling forest products, such as timber and other valuable trees
- Chopping unmatured trees for use as cooking fuel
- Burning leaves and grasses polluting atmosphere
- Lack of awareness creating programs on economic use of barks, leaves and grasses
- Lack of creating jobs based on forest waste resources
- Encouraging the charcoal business by haphazardly chopping the trees
- Lack of greeneries in the country
Actions: Describe the steps that you are taking to make your innovation a success. Include a description of the business model. What might prevent that success?
Every new idea for improving livelihood has to face lot of reactions and negative approach in the beginning. It is not easy to convince the community with new idea even that benefits them directly. We accept this challenge. We demonstrate action-oriented programs in the community. We rely on actions. Whenever we launch programs in the community, we show people economically idle resources and the process of converting them into an economic return in front of them.
We always point out un-environment-friendly behaviors of the community pointing out traditional practices/behaviors in order to avoid their environmental impacts. We demonstrate easily applicable, low cost, environment-friendly technologies matched with the local economy, education and culture. We show our efforts to the community how to reuse and recycle natural and human-made resources in action. We cook local food with fuel briquettes made from waste materials in front of the audience and serve them to taste. We also let them to see how it burns, whether the temperature is enough for cooking their food for the family, its burning time, cost structure and many more things. We interact with them how to make fuel briquettes from waste materials what they generate. We train them to make briquettes. This way, we work in the community for successfully landing our efforts in improving their livelihood. We give sufficient time to think and discuss in the family re participating in the program matched with their income source, culture and practices in order to bring a change in the society.
Results: Describe the expected results of these actions over the next three years. Please address each year separately, if possible
I expect the results of above actions in the community over the next three years as follows:
- Housewives will be well educated on
a) how to reduce over-dependence on forest and fossil fuel (L.P. gas and kerosene),
b) how to minimize energy cost for cooking,
c) how to maintain household and local environment nature-friendly,
d) how to reuse and recycle the waste materials generated in a household and community level,
e) how to empower women community based on locally available materials and waste stuff
f) how to create suitable atmosphere for setting up micro-enterprises in the community, and
g) how to reduce impacts of environment pollution, global warming and climate change.
- Housewives will be able to manage back up fuel system in a household level reducing dependence on forest and fossil fuels.
- Housewives will be capable to train others on producing fuel briquettes from the waste materials,
- Housewives will be recognized as the change makers in the community for bringing a difference in the society.
- Housewives will be able to set up micro-enterprises in the community,
- They will be capable to establish a cooperative for supporting the briquette producers with micro-loans in low interest rates.
- They will be recognized by the government body in the village and by the neighbouring communities.
2012 will be the most defining moment in my life when I see my idea effectively working on the ground improving quality of life of the housewives in the community
If your innovation seeks to impact public policy, how?
Due to the efforts of the researchers, development planners, designers and non-profit organizations' efforts, such as ours, government has decided recently to review public policy so that our efforts will be well addressed, well encouraged to disseminate the programs in the rural community. If the relevant factors in the public system, there will be plenty room in the government plan and programs. There will be budgetary allocations in the central and local levels for launching our programs in community level. This is the impact what we see in the public policy so that housewives in the community feel that it is their program, not ours. They are the sole responsible implementing agencies in the community to successfully launch the program for the welfare of the whole community.