Organic Fertilizer from Cow-dung based Biogas for Agriculture and job opportunity in Rural areas

We create shared value between environment, people, and productivity by building cow-dung based biogas which produce gas, fertilizer, money

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I confirm that I am fully aware of the eligibility criteria, and based on its description, I am eligible to apply to the CSV Prize 2017.

  • Yes, I'm eligible

Preferred language

  • English

Organization name

Tanzania Human Development Foundation (TAHUDE Foundation)

Year founded


Initiative stage

  • Established (the solution has passed the previous stages and demonstrated success)

Annual budget in 2017 (USD)

  • $50k - $100k

Number of beneficiaries impacted so far

  • 500 - 1,000

Organization type

  • Nonprofit, NGO, or citizen sector

Secondary Focus Area

  • Nutrition

Headquarters location: Country

  • Tanzania

Headquarters location: City


Location(s) of impact

Tanzania: Regions of Arusha, Kilimanjaro and Manyara


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Problem: What problem is this initiative trying to address?

In my rural community in Arusha, Tanzania, households spend approximately 35% percent of their incomes on basic energy services - a substantial amount for many low-income Tanzanians. The overwhelming dependence of about 90% on biomass for meeting basic cooking and heating needs is a major cause of poverty in Tanzania. Dependency on firewood for cooking also causes health problems (women and girls getting pulmonary diseases and red eyes after cooking under the firewood smoke), deforestation, and soil degradation

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

Cow-dung based biogas solves this challenge while it also generates income: job opportunities through sales of organic fertilizer and construction of biogas systems (employment to youths in rural areas). This is a unique opportunity for creating shared value - a big win-win between people, environment, and productivity. TAHUDE Foundation has developed innovative business model of Biogas Loans that is given to households in rural areas and repaid flexibly over the period of one year. The repaid money (revolving funds) with an interest of 2% is used to build new biogas systems for new customers. This ensures sustainability of the program for many years to come. The capital fund was obtained from a US Agency (USADF). TAHUDE will continue to promote and support green energy use to reduce deforestation, carbon dioxide emission to mitigate climate change and make the rural communities resilient / adapt to climate change, as evidenced here:

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

By Oct 2017 TAHUDE Foundation has directly made the following impact: * 89 Households with about 534 family members * 12 seminars and public education was given to thousands of people * 5,340 tons of organic fertilizer was produced per year * 8,000 trees were planted (incentive for attending seminars) * 356 tons of carbondioxide emission was avoided * 41 Hectors of trees were saved (would have been cut for cooking firewood) * 35% of household expenditures were saved (would have been spent on kerosene/charcoal) * 20 jobs to rural youth OTHER BENEFITS INCLUDE: - Reduced / removed workload of fuel collection, especially that of women and children - Reduction of fuel costs for those households who purchase traditional cooking fuel, eg. kerosene or charcoal - Cooking is convenient/ fast and without smoke in the kitchen or soot on the pots, - Reducing premature deaths and sicknesses related to indoor air pollution; - Improving hygiene if a toilet is attached to biogas system

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

The program is very sustainable because the revolving fund of more than USD 100,000 is already provided by United States Africa Development Foundation (USADF). The beneficiaries of biogas systems take loan for the construction of their systems and repay within one year, with 2% interest per month. * 90% of income is coming from the repaid loan plus the 2% interest per month * 10% will come from the donors like GlobalGiving:

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

To the best of my knowledge, no one in the world is providing flexible biogas loans to rural communities. With the support that I might get from CSV Prize I want to scale-up my innovative approach speedily to other regions of Tanzania and Sub-Saharan Africa in large. I have a fully established office and resources to scale-up my business; CSV Prize has come at the right timing!

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

As a young lady (36 years old), I am one of the victims who suffered in rural areas in my childhood. Today I still see many women and girls suffering from something as simple as cooking fuel. So I established TAHUDE Foundation to solve this challenge. I wanted to make an organization that will act as a bridge between its partners and the communities in under-served rural areas in Tanzania. This is happening now through TAHUDE. We work closely with the sister organization, Gongali Model - both are owned and run by native Tanzanians. The main focus is to develop and scale-up sustainable businesses that are based on Appropriate Technologies that solve the real human challenges in under-served communities in Tanzania. TAHUDE works closely with NM-AIST University and Tanzania Domestic Biogas Program (TDBP, a government agency for Biogas).

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

  • Upon recommendation from others

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Congratulations. Really interesting initiative. Go ahead.