Food or Fuel?

Taking Away The Question With The Power Of The Sun.

Using our innovative, collaborative program, families can choose to buy food over fuel improving nutrition and reducing hunger.

Tags:
  • Education
  • Global
  • Collaberation
  • Solar Cookers
  • Networking
  • Outreach

Use Case

Afia and Mahdi Obi and their three children live in a small village in Kenya. Mahdi makes about $2 a day working as a laborer, but it is not enough as they spend $0.75 a day on charcoal for the fire. Afia must tend the fire all day to cook meals and pasteurize drinking water. All three kids have the protruding belly of a malnourished child and Afia wishes that she could buy some vegetables or meat, but they cannot afford it.A group of students from their nation’s university showed her how to use a solar cooker. After a few months of using the sun’s free energy her family is healthier because they use their saved money to purchase more food. Most importantly, their family doesn’t have to buy nearly as much charcoal and have almost double the amount of money to spend on food.

Potential

Team Food or Fuel has the potential to make an impact in the lives of thousands of people. We plan to recruit students from around the world through social media to start our program in their area. With this delegated approach, we ultimately reach more people in less time and save by not spending money on transporting materials and labor from the USA. They will introduce solar cooking to families in need and the families will save money they can spend on food. Saving $0.50-$1.00 a day may not seem like much, but to the target population, these savings can mean twice as much money they have available to spend on food. If we can increase the quality and amount of food people have in these underdeveloped communities across the world, we will see a great change in the global quality of life.

Business Case

We will reach out to university students already located near food poor communities. We will teach these students via the internet how to use the solar cookers to benefit the community. If using recycled cardboard, each cooker will cost less than 50 cents, and we will fund these groups the money required for the cookers. The students in turn will spread this knowledge and bring solar cookers to give to all who wish to participate. The solar cookers will make a direct impact in the lives of those who receive them as they save up to a dollar daily from not buying fuel. This money can directly be put to use buying more and nutritious food. A dollar’s savings can mean double the amount of food for many families!

Objectives:

  1. To fulfill solar cookers' potential to double the amount of food the most impoverished people in the world are able to buy.
  2. To give as many solar cookers to as many struggling families as we can. (With $10,000 we can reach 20,000 families!)
  3. To create a network of global citizens driven to change the nutritional health of their communities by spreading solar cooker technology.

Team Food or Fuel?

San Luis Obispo, USA

  • Business / Social Enterprise
  • Economics / Development
  • Global

Our Team

DONE WITH ROUND 1!!!! / Published December 7, 2014 by Olivia DelBono

DONE WITH ROUND 1!!!!

I have often surmised that I have been cursed with technical malfunctions and tonight this theory was proved right once again, BUT we overcame this pesky curse and got our pitch published!! Go team Food or Fuel!

I hope everyone out there gets to take a look at our project and see what solar cooking has to offer the world!

Thanks to the TFF team for your support, we appreciated it!

Final Countdown!! / Published December 6, 2014 by Olivia DelBono

Final Countdown!!

We are getting ready to submit our proposal and we are so excited to hear about all of the amazing projects other teams are working on as well! Wish us luck!

How would we function without sticky notes? / Published October 30, 2014 by jordan willis

How would we function without sticky notes?

The chaos and inspiration of the post-it filled Ideate work mode.

#standupsnackup / Published October 29, 2014 by jordan willis

#standupsnackup

#standupsnackup

We work better after a quick snack!

Design Statement / Published October 24, 2014 by Olivia DelBono

Design Statement

Women in underdeveloped communities, poor, tired, uneducated, and sick
NEED TO have an alternative to their available fuel resources
IN A WORLD WHERE forests with wood supplies are almost gone and commercially available fuel takes away from the limited resources used to buy food.

Our Mission

Some solutions are very simple and low tech. Our mission is to feed more people more food by eliminating the cost of fuel used to cook food and pasteurize water. We have chosen to serve the most people for the least amount of investment in labor and cost in materials. In many developing countries, women have to trek long and sometimes very dangerous miles to collect firewood to cook food. The women then have to cook food over an open fire exposing themselves and family to the health dangers of breathing smoke and the hazard of an open fire. Local lands are quickly becoming deforested. Many families have to often use their meager cash to purchase a cooking fuel source such as charcoal or kerosene which is often a large percentage of the food budget. These costs in labor, health, environmental, quality of life as well as economic could be eliminated if families would cook their native food using only the power of the sun. The cost of solar cooking is minimal: cardboard and aluminum foil (less than $0.50) Looking at a global insolation chart, it is clear that most of the developing world counties have abundant sunshine. By using solar cooking as a way to cook and preserve food as well as to pasteurize water, local people would have additional funds to purchase more and improved quality food, experience better air quality, and have more time to better their lives in other ways.

Our Background

Team Food or Fuel? is a group of 2 architects and 1 business student interested in building more than just houses. We want to help others build new and improved futures for themselves by instigating creativity, entrepreneurship, and excitement.

DONE WITH ROUND 1!!!! / Published December 7, 2014 by Olivia DelBono

DONE WITH ROUND 1!!!!

I have often surmised that I have been cursed with technical malfunctions and tonight this theory was proved right once again, BUT we overcame this pesky curse and got our pitch published!! Go team Food or Fuel!

I hope everyone out there gets to take a look at our project and see what solar cooking has to offer the world!

Thanks to the TFF team for your support, we appreciated it!

Final Countdown!! / Published December 6, 2014 by Olivia DelBono

Final Countdown!!

We are getting ready to submit our proposal and we are so excited to hear about all of the amazing projects other teams are working on as well! Wish us luck!

How would we function without sticky notes? / Published October 30, 2014 by jordan willis

How would we function without sticky notes?

The chaos and inspiration of the post-it filled Ideate work mode.

#standupsnackup / Published October 29, 2014 by jordan willis

#standupsnackup

#standupsnackup

We work better after a quick snack!

Design Statement / Published October 24, 2014 by Olivia DelBono

Design Statement

Women in underdeveloped communities, poor, tired, uneducated, and sick
NEED TO have an alternative to their available fuel resources
IN A WORLD WHERE forests with wood supplies are almost gone and commercially available fuel takes away from the limited resources used to buy food.

Our Team

Our Mission

Some solutions are very simple and low tech. Our mission is to feed more people more food by eliminating the cost of fuel used to cook food and ...Read More

Our Background

Team Food or Fuel? is a group of 2 architects and 1 business student interested in building more than just houses. We want to help others build new ...Read More

The information contained here represents student project ideas developed as the result of brainstorming activities during Round 1 of the TFF Challenge. It does not represent any final business plans or commercial products.