This project aims to Power the entire Nigerian Rural community by harnessing Biogas Energy from plants and Animal waste.
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Start-Up (a pilot that has just started operating)
Annual budget in 2017 (USD)
Headquarters location: Country
Headquarters location: City
Location(s) of impact
Problem: What problem is this initiative trying to address?
Rural communities which is 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 ruralcommunities sufering from adverse effects of climate change like unpredictable weather patterns. There is therefore an urgent need to make the ruralcommunities resilient to these emerging environmental challeng
Solution Summary: What is the proposed solution? What do you see as its most promising aspects for creating shared value?
Rural Lightsup 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.
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Specify both the social and the environmental impact of your work
• Biogas Energy helps to slow/stop global warming: The dependence on firewood fuel for cooking by the rural residents poses an environmental challenge capable of aggravating the effects of climate change and Global warming. Our Biogas Energy will efficiently create electricity without producing global warming pollution.
• It Promotes Re-Afforestation: Project RURAL LIGHT-UP will help to rural households to switch to biogas energy use which is renewable, eco-friendly and affordable to them. Hence, this will see all the deforested land restored to their original forest cover.
• The position of women will be strengthened in communities: by the biogas programme will strengthen the position of women in the society through increasing access for women to credit and savings, ownership of land and cattle, leadership and empowerment. The family workload may be reduced by decreasing the amount of time spent collecting , carrying heavy loads of fuel wood and charcoal, so allowing more time
Financial sustainability plan: How is this initiative financially supported? How will you ensure its financial sustainability long-term?
1. Individual donations or gifts = 40%
2. Grants = 15%
3. Corporate contributions = 10%
4. Earned income= 35%
Unique value proposition: What makes your initiative innovative? How does your project differ from other organizations working in the same field?
What makes my business novel is the fact that it addresses one of the basic needs of the rural communities in Nigeria, which is the problem of power supply. Majority of the rural dwellers being farmers and livestock keepers can now transform what they have in abundance (farm and animal wastes) into clean and renewable energy at a very cheaper price.
One of the main motivations for this business is to reduce the level of deforestation and poisonous carbon emissions into the environment.
Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that sparked the beginning of this initiative.
I and my co-founder graduated from the same higher institution (The Federal University of Technology Akure FUTA), While schooling in FUTA, we were roommates and because we both were not financially buoyant, we faced a lot of difficulty in accessing adequate electric power needed to get our laptops running (for surfing internet, computer aided design, research work) and phones for connecting to colleagues at home and in diaspora just like many other students too.
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 student
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