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To reduce post-harvest loses along the horticulture value chain through Solar Powered Bike Vending Refrigerators
Ms. Matake is a farmer and street vendor who grows fresh fruits and vegetables for sale in the Central Business District and local suburbs. She used to carry a basket of fresh commodities on her head every day to sell along the streets on direct sunlight. Markets are not always good, so she lost many outputs daily which would have lost freshness. Now that she has the Solar Powered Mobile Vending Refrigerator which she rents to buy, she has increased mobility and her commodities have long shelf life, hygiene and freshness which attract more customers and increase her incomes. The product is cheap to maintain, harvests energy as she works and payment terms are favorable and clear. The refrigerator is detachable hence, usable indoors. It can be use in rural areas.
The product is environmentally friendly, recycles defunct refrigerators and bicycle scraps into a useful product for preserving foods, increasing freshness, hygiene and shelf life of fresh fruits, vegetables and other perishable agro-commodities. This reduces post-harvest losses and enhances global food security. It also encourage mobility of farmers and vendors as they market their outputs hence increasing incomes which then promote household food security. The concept integrates contemporary aspects i.e. sustainable energy, climate change and environmental management. It reduces the amount of food waste globally which is projected to be over 1 billion tons per year. It prevents food waste and indirectly reduce green house gases which cause climate change.
We offer a cheap and affordable product at flexible payment terms. Our product increases user mobility and shelf life of your horticultural commodities while ensuring hygiene and freshness which gives the user a comparative advantage over their customers thereby increasing sales and incomes. Our targeted customers include agro-producers, vendors, farmer groups and vendor associations, who are also our partners. Households can also use the detachable refrigerator indoors. We accept cash, but also offer rent to buy services which allows us to generate revenue. We also offer repair services for a charge through our engineers. We use mobile texts, social media and word of mouth to reach to our customers.