SolarFoods

Too cool to be wasted

In Africa more than 45% of food spoils due to lack of cold storage. Most farmers can’t afford cold rooms and power is still a challenge.

Use Case

SolarFoods, a 24/7 off grid solar powered portable cold rooms installed in farms and local markets. These cold rooms will be used to preserve fruits and vegies which will improve their shelf life from 2 days to 21 days. The farmers and fruits vendors in local markets will rent storage space in the cold rooms by stacking their produce on trays and they will be charged per tray stored in the cold room. SolarFoods will offer a pay-as-you-store model whereby farmers and local fruits vendors only pay when they are stocking out their fruits and veggies for sale.

Potential

SolarFoods will be instrumental on curbing the 45% food waste problem In Africa, more importantly by increasing shelf life from 2 days to 21 days we are set to increase the farmers and vendors income by allowing them more time to sell their produce thus we will play critical role on poverty eradication. Boosting health and nutrition as we will save the fruits and veggies from spoilage thus there will be enough to consume and thereby boosting people’s health and nutrition. SolarFoods will also provide employment to particularly women who will manage the SolarFoods cold rooms in local markets. Most importantly we will preserve the environment from the litters of food spoilage which is the case for most of the local fruits markets in Africa

Business Case

The fruits and veggies will be stacked in trays, farmers and fruits vendors in local markets will rent storage space in the cold rooms and they will be charged a fee for each tray stored in the cold room. SolarFoods will offer a pay-as-you-store model whereby farmers and local fruits vendors will only pay when they are stocking out their fruits and veggies for sale. Each cold storage unit will have a supervisor who will be concerned with the operations of the station including payments.

Objectives:

  1. SolarFoods increases the shelf-life of fruits and veggies from 2 to 21 days, thereby reducing post-harvest loss and food loss.
  2. Through cutting food loss, farmers and fruits vendors have more harvest to sell, enabling them to increase their annual income.
  3. By hiring mainly women to manage the operations and collection of revenue, SolarFoods facilitates economic opportunities for women.

Team SolarFoods

Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

Our Team

Our Mission

Our mission statement is Building a self-sustainable community that embraces technology on providing solutions to its most pressing problems.

Our Background

We are a team of 3, with complementing skills ranging from marketing, economics and business administration. We chose to participate on this challenge because we all care about food insecurity and SolarFoods has been a project that we have been researching on for quite sometime. We chose to be an entrepreneurs because we believe entrepreneurship can provide answers to the most pressing problems in the community and build a better society with vast solutions.

Our Team

Our Mission

Our mission statement is Building a self-sustainable community that embraces technology on providing solutions to its most pressing problems.Read More

Our Background

We are a team of 3, with complementing skills ranging from marketing, economics and business administration. We chose to participate on this challenge because we all care about ...Read More

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