Cooling food through evaporation

A better way to connect food to people

Evaptainers creates low-cost mobile refrigerators that run on water that are perfect for low income families who live off grid

Use Case

The first recipients of the Evaptainers devices were an Amazigh family living in the Middle Atlas Mountains without any electricity. They used it every day for over 14 months and they loved it. They live in such a remote area that they have to take a 2-3 hour taxi ride to go to the nearest town for food and groceries. Now, since receiving the units, they are able to buy more food in bulk and it lasts longer. As a result, they get to spend more time together as a family and take care of their farm rather than spending the day going to and from the souk and they have reported saving 5-10% of their monthly income.

Potential

In developing countries refrigeration is largely inaccessible to people in rural areas. For the latter, lack of refrigeration causes losses of perishable food, money and can also lead to serious nutritional deficits. Those smallholder farmers lack of refrigeration prevents them from reaching end-markets, which deprives them of money, and even worse, disincentives further investments in production. The UN estimates post-harvest losses as high as 45% for fruits and vegetables, with a total loss of $4 billion dollars in Africa annually. We came up with the Evaptainer, a lightweight, portable cooling unit that triples the shelf life of fruits and vegetables. This solution would help prevent off-grid population from losing money and precious food.

Business Case

Our ultimate vision for the company is a socially-driven for-profit model as we plan to retail in developing markets for under $50 with a COGs of $25 noticing the huge market potential where there is a lack of electricity for conventional refrigeration for people living off-grid and in hard conditions. Also, our specifically made for mass manufacturing design is allowing our company to be scalable and easy to grow, which will help lower down the COGs as we scale further in developing countries. We have had the chance to partner with NGOs and humanitarian aid agencies before and would like to have more opportunities with such organizations in order to be able to reach more rural areas where people lack the commodity of refrigeration

Objectives:

  1. Give people living off grid the access to basic utilities like refrigeration
  2. Increase income of small households by enabling them to have less trips to markets to replace spoiled goods
  3. Promote rural independence in long-term without dependence on expensive infrastructures

Team Evaptainers

Boston, United States of America

Our Team

Our Mission

To provide affordable refrigeration solutions to address the unique needs and challenges of transporting produce in developing markets.

Our Background

Our founding team has different backgrounds from engineering to business management, sales and PR that cover every aspect a company has. There have been many challenges facing our team, but one factor that has kept our team moving forward is the sincere belief that our invention has the potential to one day help countless people that still lack a commodity like refrigeration.

Our Team

Our Mission

To provide affordable refrigeration solutions to address the unique needs and challenges of transporting produce in developing markets.Read More

Our Background

Our founding team has different backgrounds from engineering to business management, sales and PR that cover every aspect a company has. There have been many challenges facing our ...Read More

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