Announcing Phase I Winners for AIP 2010 at KIST, Rwanda

18May10

The African Innovation Prize is pleased to announce the judges’ decision for Kigali Institute of Science and Technology Business Challenge winners – awards for best business idea under 250 words.

African Innovation Prize (AIP) is a business plan competition run for its inaugural year at KIST, Kigali. The aim is to inspire student entrepreneurship and provide seed funding for new potential businesses started by students.  We would like to thank all the KIST students who submitted entries in Phase I. 33 entries were received and these are the top 3 :

Project of implementation of composting dry toilet for Ecological waste management in RWANDA

Bertin HARERIMANA

Jean Baptiste DUSHIMIYIMANA

Rwanda is a country of 10 millions peoples, where more than 85% of population are farmers having a serious problem of fertilizers leading to food shortage.

Human excreta(feces and urine) is fertilizing potential which is less exploited because only 5% of this great fertilizer is collected, treated and utilized as dry or liquid fertilizer for soil improvement in agricultural area, for biogas and the rest is infiltrating in the soil or stored in the soil without being utilized.

Our project is to provide fertilizers from human excreta, by constructing dry toilet for Rwandan Population in urban and rural areas at low cost, on-site treatment, collection of treated human excreta and sell them to the agricultural area as fertilizers.

Also this project will permit us:

To prevent pollution and diseases caused by human excreta.

To manage human excreta as resource rather than as a waste product.

Recover and recycle water and nutrients.

To reduce the use of chemical fertilizers which are among water pollutant.

This project will contribute to sustainable development of our country by promoting agricultural (providing fertilizers to farmers) and by keeping stable our environment (management of waste).

A POLYMER RECYCLING PLANT

TURAMBE TWIZERE

In Rwanda most polymeric materials are thrown away as waste yet they can be recycled in to a variety of products needed at the market. There is an opportunity because recycling is still at its infancy in Rwanda where by only two plants are recycling high density polyethylene (HDPE) and low density polyethylene (LDPE) whereas other polymer type materials like polyethylene terephthalate (PET) which is common is not being recycled at the moment. The idea is to expand and develop recycling of polymers where by PET, polypropylene (PP) etc will be involved. It can also be noted that the technology of recycling polymers is being applied elsewhere in the world and it is effective therefore it is a matter of importing or applying it in Rwanda.

The business would be of great advantage in terms of environmental protection, conservation of resources and reduction of need for new landfills.

Initially it would be focused on the recycling of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles whereby there are many of these in Rwanda and can be recycled in to a number of products like packaging materials, polyester fibers then used to make clothing, carpets, curtains, filling fiber etc. The plant can later progress to recycle other materials like polypropylene (pp) which also exist in large amount of the polymeric waste in the country.

DRYING OF FOOD AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS

Patrice HABINSHUTI

In Rwanda, food agricultural products from farmers are exposed to huge losses due to unavailability of preservation methods. However, drying can be a real solution to this problem. It is also a huge spectacular business in our country where above 90% of the total population lives on agriculture.

GENERAL IMPORTANCE

-Drying helps is a method of food preservation helps to keep the food produced in abundance season, thus making provision for starvation period

-Drying is the base of new food formulation with an added-value.

-Drying of agricultural products mainly fruits and vegetables increase the level of exports.

DRYING, A MONEY-MAKING BUSINESS

*Exportation of dried food products:

-Naturally dried food products are preferred by people in developed countries. They are natural and rich in nutrients. No chemicals added. So, they are sold at high price.

-Africans living in developed countries are pleased with enjoying their traditional foods. They are able to pay much money for our products on their market.

*New Value-added food products:

-Drying helps to formulate new products with a long shelf-life that are marketable at high price

*Preservation of foods

-While providing foods during off-seasons, more money is earned.

WHAT IS REQUIRED?

-Operating site with a house

-Dryers and other equipments (Not Expensive)

CONCLUSION

Drying is still an unknown business in Rwanda. However, it can lead to our country rural development valorizing farmers’ production and helping the country to earn money from agricultural products.

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