United Youth for Rwanda Development (UYRD)

United Youth for Rwanda Development (UYRD): Introduction of Domestic Biogas in High Schools Project (IDBHSP)

Gisagara, RwandaGisagara, Rwanda
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Project Stage:
$10,000 - $50,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

IDBHSP is youth founded project that aims to experiment & disseminate domestic biogas installations by improving access to energy in a new and renewable form. It gives value animal excrement that were rejected to produce gas for cooking & electricity, prevents deforestation & respiratory diseases.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

animal excrement are producing cheap, smart and enough energy for cooking and electricity?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

About 100% of high schools are using fire wood for cooking that are expensive as they are find in the country with 416 people/Km2 with forests insufficiency; it causes deforestation that lead to erosion as the country is hills made & affects agriculture that is main source of economy to 95% of Rwandans through decreasing harvest. Fire wood pollutes atmosphere & increases respiratory diseases among kitchen workers, food hygiene is critical, too

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

IDBHSP installs biogas plants that from animal excrements available and useless in all high schools and neighbors produce cheap, smart and good gas for cooking and electricity used by students in studying as many schools don’t possess electricity. Our products save money by 50% considering to those using fire wood, in 2 years it pays back installation budget; plant is installed only once and used for life, we only change excrements. There isn't bad gas to pollute atmosphere, to cause respiratory diseases & infect cooked food. Animal excrements after producing energy they are used as organic fertilizer that has been shown effective by Rwanda Agriculture Board and improve agriculture harvest that is the main economy source of 95% of Rwandans
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

CSJK using domestic biogas for cooking installed by our project in 2012; saved 50% of budget that was being for firewood and after 2 years there was no spend for cooking materials, the budget is then used in other schools development such infrastructure and libraries; students report to receive good services and their education quality improved; national exams results success moved from 61% in 2012 to 70.5% in 2013. People around schools report to live free from deforestation (cut trees are growing well); their agriculture is achieving its objectives as there is no erosion in their lands. Kitchen workers report to be smart and produce smart food and their work become easy; they are not hospitalized as before for respiratory disease

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

Today our project is making difference through improving quality of education in high schools and improves lives in people around schools as reported above; from our 2013 evaluation results students in schools using biogas the success rate moved from 59% to 72% in only one year of our activities and the research showed to continue improving; the agriculture harvest in population around schools increased from 61.5% to 67.1% of families; kitchen workers life has been 100% saved from respiratory diseases due to their work and food hygiene has be improved from 65% to 89%. The future impacts will be to increases rate of success up to at least 98%, improve agriculture harvest up to 95% and food hygiene up to 100%; it will also decrease to 0% atmosphere pollution that a big challenge on climate change; we expect it to contribute in increase of life expectance of Rwandans and raise country econo

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

The project can be replicated in all school easily; now we have pilot schools in which we implemented biogas plants in and we are increasing the number as we find fund; we are organizing learning schools where they come to visit and learn the importance of biogas; as we have seen that it pay back money in only 2 years it is very easy for all schools to possess it. In future 10 years according to our strategic and operational plans 85% of high schools will be using domestic biogas; all above said future impacts in Gisagara district will be replicated in 85% of districts

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Our project installs biogas plants in selected schools to be pilot so that others will learn from the importance of biogas use; after they see the benefit and that it pays back the used money in 2 years most of them decide to install, too; and we give them qualified technicians for construction but the budget is given by themselves from what they used for firewood. Our project budget is used to install in pilot schools in other districts to expan

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

We are the only NGO that address domestic biogas in high schools others are for profit organization that do it for money. This makes us to be effective because as we don’t seek for profit; ours are cheap, done on time without delay from procurement issues and sustainable. Another thing we have pilot schools in which we have biogas plant and trained technicians where before making decision they see and learn themselves biogas benefits, and if they decide we give them qualified technicians with certificate and we supervise the work until 2 years after end; if any break down we repair with our bu

Founding Story

We have been inspired by the use of domestic biogas in prisons; Due to Tutsi genocide in 1994 prisons contain many prisoners and it would be difficult to find money to by fire wood every day, they use domestic biogas that is helping them with all said benefit. After seeing this good strategy that saves environment, improve health condition, saves money and increase agriculture harvest we thought to start in other establishment holding and feeding many people at the same time and it was educational establishment; the idea come in mind in 2010 but we started the project in 2012because we were organizing strategic and operational plans, and searching for budget; we got an award from Anzisha prize after 5 months of beginning due to our success


Mr Gilbert UWIZEYIMANA, 25 years old author and coordinator of project. Bachelor’s degree holder, full time Mr Valens MANZI, 24 years old, vice coordinator. bachelor’s degree holder, full time Ms Claudine KAYITESI, 26 years old, Director of finance & fundraising, bachelor’s degree holder, full time Ms Anais UMUTONI, 23 years old, general secretary, bachelor’s degree holder, full time All have experience of at least 3 years working in NGOs
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Organization Country

, Gisagara

Country where this project is creating social impact

, Gisagara

What awards or honors has the project received?
Funding: How is your project financial supported?

NGOs, Customers.


Audience: Who have you identified as your customer/recipient groups and do these groups value your solution for different reasons? How do you engage different customer/recipient groups to deliver your solution?

Our recipients are proud of us because of how we helped them to possess a valuable tool in their life; from school leaders to students they consider us as solution of their issues for long time ago; and they like to talk about us when they with others in meeting, workshops ect. There is no other reason to value us except happiness from our activities. We use selected pilot schools in which we installed plants in with our budget to help us to know more about biogas through learning visits and workshops

Scaling the solution: How would the prize money and publicity help you to achieve your objectives over the next two years?

The prize money will help us to select new pilot schools in other districts in which we will install biogas plants and other school in that district will learn from them and decide to install, too; according to our operational plan it is time to expand to another new district but we don’t have budget for now, this is a challenge because if we don’t find it will delay the project and our objectives won’t be achieved as planned. With publicity many international funders will know about us and may fund our project or help us to grow through different ways like training and workshops; And we will be known by other same field organizations around the world so that we share experiences and learn from them that will help us to improve our project

Experience: Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered

In 2010 after two years of university we started a beekeeping enterprise that had an objective of providing my community with good quality honey to use but also help HIV orphans students to find school fees and school materials; we worked in that time with Rwanda Village Concept Project; after 3 years this enterprise was producing $10,000- $11,000 annually and now it produces $14,000- $ 14,800 annually; it helps 987 orphans in high schools

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