Biochar Maroc

We deliver a quick and inexpensive organic waste recovery for farmers with less than 10 hectares of greenhouses to produce biochar-compost

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  • English

Organization name

Biochar Maroc start up

Year founded

2015

Initiative stage

  • Start-Up (a pilot that has just started operating)

Annual budget in 2017 (USD)

  • Less than $1k

Number of beneficiaries impacted so far

  • 1 - 10

Organization type

  • Social enterprise

Secondary Focus Area

  • Water

Headquarters location: Country

  • Morocco

Headquarters location: City

Ait amira village, chtouka ait baha, Agadir city

Location(s) of impact

Souss mass region, morocco

Website

www.biochar.ma

Facebook URL

www.facebook.com/biochar.maroc

Twitter URL

@El_hemer

Problem: What problem is this initiative trying to address?

As source of pollution for villagers in Agadir, 160 000t of biomass waste (tomatoes and papers) is burned every year with 15 288 t of CO2 emission. This problem come from that big farmers don’t compost the waste due to twine plastic and bacteria in biomass. Secondly over than 500 small farmers with les 10 hectare of greenhouses don’t have landfill. in addition. Cleaning one greenhouse hectare from the waste the farmers had to pay 400$ for one week of work

Solution Summary: What is the proposed solution? What do you see as its most promising aspects for creating shared value?

we sell biomass waste recovery for small farmers who don't have landfill for 100$ for one hectare of greenhouse. Then we pick the biomass to transform it into biochar and compost.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Specify both the social and the environmental impact of your work

big farmers don’t compost the waste due to twine plastic and bacteria in biomass. Secondly over than 500 small farmers with les 10 hectare of greenhouses don’t have landfill. in addition. Cleaning one greenhouse hectare from the waste the farmers had to pay 400$ for one week of work.
so with no option the waste is just burned with 15 288 t of CO2 emission every year.
so by using the chopper shredder we shredder the waste to reduce the volume than we transform it into compost and biochar with green kiln, so by that,we reduce the 15 000 t of co2 emission to 50%.

Financial sustainability plan: How is this initiative financially supported? How will you ensure its financial sustainability long-term?

1 000 £

Unique value proposition: What makes your initiative innovative? How does your project differ from other organizations working in the same field?

Reason 1
Our service is quick by using the automatic shredder machine in the greenhouse we can clean in on day 1 hectare of tomatoes or sweet peppers. Manually farmers do that in one week
Reason 2
By shredding the waste we reduce the volume, so it’s easier to store and transformed into biomass pellet and biochar

Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that sparked the beginning of this initiative.

since i was very young i see farmers burn the organic waste, so when i had my master degre in entrepenruship i couldn't find job so i chose to propose this idea of biochar from tomatoes and pepper biomass waste to the solar cluster in casablaca as an incubator.

Where did you hear about the Nestlé Creating Shared Value Prize?

  • Upon recommendation from others

Evaluation results

4 evaluations so far

1. Overall evaluation

5 - This idea rocked my world. It’s awesome! - 25%

4 - This idea seems really exciting. With a little more polishing, it’d be among my favorites. - 25%

3 - I think the idea is great, but it needs some work before it moves onto the next round. - 0%

2 - I liked it fine but preferred others. - 50%

1 - It didn’t make my heart beat faster. Needs significant revisions. - 0%

2. Innovation

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 0%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 25%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 75%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

3. Social and/or Environmental Impact

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 0%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 25%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 50%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 25%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

4. Financial sustainability

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 0%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 100%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 0%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - This entry is weak here - 100%

Nothing stands out! I thought it was great. - 0%

5. Potential to Scale / Replicability

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 25%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 25%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 25%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 25%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

6. Organizational Leadership

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 25%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 0%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 50%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - This entry is weak here - 25%

7. Potential for Creating Shared Value

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 50%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 0%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 50%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

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Photo of Samir Vinchurkar

Very good idea to control solid waste and use it in a smart way. Best wishes