HopStart

HopStarting dreams into realities!

Hopstart meets impoverished peoples’ need of a healthy source of protein through rabbit breeding as a means of sustenance and income!

Use Case

Global citizens unite on our interactive app and website by purchasing the resources for needed families, including rabbits. Through the help of potential partners, like Heifer International, HopStart will provide the tools to educate low-income families on sustainable agricultural practices of rabbit breeding. The app and website also allows interested citizens to check on the progress made in these areas. Additionally, kids will be able to play interactive games, similar to initiatives like freerice.com, in which for every question answered correctly, a seed will be donated to a family. Each family will be given two does and a buck and be taught how to raise, process, and market their rabbits, as well as use the excess animal meat and furs to sell in their local economies.

Potential

Equipped with teaching methods, data on five-year meat production and finances, cheap/durable material costs, and manure production for profit and fertilization of plants, Elias Nasser’s program is found self-financing as well as profitable, changing the world economically in a healthy way. Starting with 50 females and 5 males, and putting aside 2 young rabbits per birth, this plan will produce approximately 40 pounds of meat per week in the first year and 260,800 pounds of meat per week in the fifth year which may be sold either for internal or external consumption. Gross profits for the sale of meat at 80 cents/pound minus the total expenses for forage and feed, labor, equipment maintenance, and cages totals to $12.71 in the second year and $29,397.50 in the fifth year.

Business Case

Key Partners: TFF, Heifer International, Borlaug Institute, AgriCorps, Peace Corps, TAMUKey Activities: web/app design, marketing, resource transport/trackingKey Resources: capital, web/app designer, social media, rabbits, teachers, transportValue Prop: eliminating the pain of hunger through rabbit breeding which boosts nutritional intake & the economy, raising awareness of the hunger epidemic & helping global citizens combat it Revenue Stream: nonprofit, web/app purchases & donationsCost Structure: web/app, marketing, resource transportCustomer Relations: low-income families succeed, interactive & fun web/app, new products/ways to get involved in the fight, option to see progressChannels: web/app, social media, key partners. Customers: ages 7 & up who want to help

Objectives:

  1. Boost low-income families’ nutritional intake and income through rabbit breeding!
  2. Unite global citizens in the fight against global hunger while raising their awareness of the global hunger epidemic in a fun way!
  3. End world hunger in an interactive and sustainable way!

Team HopStart

College Station, United States of America

  • Science / Engineering
  • Agricultural Production / Productivity
  • Central / South America

Our Team

#standupsnackup / Published December 6, 2014 by Andrea Carolina Batarse

#standupsnackup

#standupsnackup !

Videos Coming Soon! / Published December 5, 2014 by Rebecca Kirkpatrick

Videos Coming Soon!

Be on the lookout for our pitch and concept video! They should be uploaded by the end of today! A big thanks to the AgriLife Commincations guys for helping film and edit. Y'all rock!

Social Media Overload! / Published December 1, 2014 by Rebecca Kirkpatrick

Social Media Overload!

Website, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter is up and running! Visit the links below!

Website: http://hopstart.wix.com/onerabbit
Instagram: HopStartNow
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC--tqISuQk-wD87s_n9Xspw
Twitter: https://twitter.com/hopstartnow

Research, Research, Research / Published November 19, 2014 by Andrea Guerra

Research, Research, Research

The team working hard on the scripts for the videos / Published November 19, 2014 by Andrea Guerra

The team working hard on the scripts for the videos

Our Mission

Our team proposes a profitable sustainable plan that will teach members of impoverished communities sustainable agricultural practices that can be spread throughout the area in order to improve the members’ nutritional intake and the local economy. Our program meets these impoverished peoples’ basic need for a sufficient source of protein by creating a program to teach families how to raise rabbits, a healthy source of protein, as a means of sustenance and income. Since the rabbits reproduce quickly, families are able to provide nourishment for themselves in a matter of several months to a year and earn an income by selling the furs and excess animal meat. After witnessing the grave poverty and the need for a real source of protein for the people of Ahuachapán, El Salvador, one of our team members, Andrea Batarse’s, grandfather, Elias Nasser, created “Los Camilleros de Cristo,” a missionary group determined to help the rural communities in the area learn how to combat malnutrition, hunger, and poverty. The results of his work were sent to the United Nations, where they were highly commended and seriously considered for implementation. Due to the Salvadoran Civil War and strict import restrictions in the 80s, the UN’s attempted trial run fell short. Elias Nasser was able to help over 800 families sustain themselves through this program. Our idea is to globalize Andrea’s grandfather’s program in order to give low-income families a source of food and revenue and boost the economy in otherwise destitute areas. He has given his granddaughter, Andrea Batarse, the written program (in Spanish) and the book he wrote on rabbit breeding. We have translated the program, and are excited to revamp it by incorporating a fun tech-savvy twist! By creating an app and website, we will increase global participation in the fight against global hunger. With A&M as a leading innovative research institute made up of an internationally renown faculty and the Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture, our program will have the tools and expertise to realistically achieve our goal, as global citizens, of helping combat international hunger.

Our Background

Granddaughter of Elias Nasser, Andrea Batarse grew up observing the effects of sustainable agriculture in rural areas of El Salvador. Inspired by her grandfather, she developed a passion for service and international agriculture development, hoping to one day end world hunger. Being an immigrant and living in various cities, Andrea Guerra has been able to witness scarcity of basic human needs required for people to thrive. Andrea believes that having the privilege of quality education and professional formation has allowed her to promote opportunities for improvement and advancement in areas which are less fortunate. She believes that a fundamental step in addressing the lack of basic human needs is to combat poverty and hunger. Rebecca Kirkpatrick grew up raising registered Brangus cattle and was heavily involved in 4-H and FFA for many years. As she grew older she realized the importance that agriculture has on people’s lives everywhere, including her own. This realization as a young adult has allowed Rebecca to become increasingly interested in the livestock industry and its effect worldwide. In college, she has developed a passion for international agriculture and fighting world hunger. Gus Sanchez inherited his passion for agriculture from his farmer grandfather and throughout high school furthered that passion with his involvement in FFA. In college, Gus realized his potential and decided to pursue a career in international agriculture policy in aims to solving some of the world's leading issues pertaining to agriculture. Being an immigrant and living in various cities, Andrea Guerra has witnessed the scarcity of basic human needs. Andrea believes that through the privilege of quality education and professional formation she is able to promote the advancement of those less fortunate and fight for the cause of combating world hunger and poverty. A&M has brought together diverse students from the colleges of engineering, liberal arts, and agriculture all with the same passion to combat global hunger one rabbit at a time.

#standupsnackup / Published December 6, 2014 by Andrea Carolina Batarse

#standupsnackup

#standupsnackup !

Videos Coming Soon! / Published December 5, 2014 by Rebecca Kirkpatrick

Videos Coming Soon!

Be on the lookout for our pitch and concept video! They should be uploaded by the end of today! A big thanks to the AgriLife Commincations guys for helping film and edit. Y'all rock!

Social Media Overload! / Published December 1, 2014 by Rebecca Kirkpatrick

Social Media Overload!

Website, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter is up and running! Visit the links below!

Website: http://hopstart.wix.com/onerabbit
Instagram: HopStartNow
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC--tqISuQk-wD87s_n9Xspw
Twitter: https://twitter.com/hopstartnow

Research, Research, Research / Published November 19, 2014 by Andrea Guerra

Research, Research, Research

The team working hard on the scripts for the videos / Published November 19, 2014 by Andrea Guerra

The team working hard on the scripts for the videos

Our Team

Our Mission

Our team proposes a profitable sustainable plan that will teach members of impoverished communities sustainable agricultural practices that can be spread throughout the area in order to improve ...Read More

Our Background

Granddaughter of Elias Nasser, Andrea Batarse grew up observing the effects of sustainable agriculture in rural areas of El Salvador. Inspired by her grandfather, she developed a passion ...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.