PROJECT RURAL LIGHTSUP

Electrification of the entire Nigerian Rural community by harnessing Biogas Energy from plants and Animal waste

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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

JIMFOCUG ENTERPRISES

Year founded

2015

Initiative stage

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

Annual budget in 2017 (USD)

  • $1k - $10k

Number of beneficiaries impacted so far

  • 50 - 100

Organization type

  • Social enterprise

Secondary Focus Area

  • Rural development

Headquarters location: Country

  • Nigeria

Headquarters location: City

AKURE, ONDO STATE

Location(s) of impact

NIGERIA: AKURE, IDANRE, ADOFURE, ONDO TOWN,

Website

https://www.jimfocug.com/

Problem: What problem is this initiative trying to address?

Rural communities which amounts to 51% of the Nigerian population are firewood dependent. This puts them at a greater risk of energy crisis because the trees are being cut down at a faster rate than they can regenerate. Acknowledging the role trees play in the carbon sequestration process, there is eminent danger of rural communities suffering from adverse effects of climate change such as unpredictable weather patterns, habitat destruction etc.

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

There is therefore an urgent need to make the rural communities resilient to the above mentioned emerging environmental challenges. In this light,
We at JIMFOCUG ENTERPRISES are into a project called: PROJECT RURAL LIGHTSUP. this project aims to: Power the entire Nigerian Rural community by harnessing Biogas Energy from plants and Animal waste and integrating GIS Technology (Geographic Information Systems) for location and maintenance purposes with user programmable Number Features by PIC micro-controller, thus end users within the range of supply can have clean and cheap power supply for cooking and lightning with respect to individual consumption. Our easy and flexible payment package involves a 2yr install-mental payment package. During this 2yr period, LightsUp Energy is responsible for all the Support and Maintenance of the facilities

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

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
• Biogas Energy helps to slow/stop global warming
• It Promotes Re-Afforestation
• Conservation of Biodiversity

SOCIAL IMPACT
• Biogas Energy saves you money
• Creation of jobs/ internship
• Energy independence
• The position of women will be strengthened in communities
• Biogas Energy supports Agricultural drive
• Community fund

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

Individual Donations = 60%
Grants = 15%
Corperate contributions = 10%
Earned income = 5%

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

it addresses the basic needs of rural dwellers (power supply for cooking and lightning)

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

Electricity in Nigeria is a Public Utility provided only by the government so for many days, I and my roommate would wake up in the night with the hope of working on our laptops but no light. We would therefore start to brain storm on what we could do to salvage the electricity menace we and several thousands of students in Nigeria are facing.

Ofcourse there was an alternative which was the use of gasoline Generators which was very common but then we considered the Terrible Noise and then the environmental hazards, we wanted an idea that would generate clean and cheap Energy and also environmental friendly.

Then one night after some serious brain storming, the ingenious idea came and PROJECT RURAL LIGHTSUP was borne.

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

  • Social media

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It's really interesting. Good luck and go ahead.

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