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I intend to provide processing facility for micro manufacturers who have no fund to buy machines and therefore produce with hands

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What problem does the idea help to solve and how does your solution work? (2,000 characters maximum)

Here in Nigeria we have the big manufacturers who produce all kinds of products, especially in the Fast Moving Consumer Goods. They possess all machineries needed and they utilize their machines for themselves. However for the small beginner, especially women and young people, if they must make any positive headway they will have to acquire all machines needed for their production. Where you can’t buy the machines you have to do it manually. This makes it very difficult, stressful, and unhygienic. It also makes growth very slow because the product is uncompetitive due to poor production and packaging. This problem has made difficult the growth of MSMEs in Nigeria. I want to build an outsource center. Such a place will boost the production level of the community. Government does not help. People cannot get loan to buy machineries because they are poor and have no collateral. Life is difficult and this discourages people from venturing into manufacturing. If I am able to establish an outsource center, it will ease production process, encourage more people to go into production and increase jobs and income among the lower middle class. I studied Entrepreneurship and Business Management and I am into production. This is a huge challenge in my city and country. I have experience and I know what people need. People need spray dryers, filling machines, grinding machines, frying machines, drying machines, food/beverage canning machines, boilers, soap making machines, etc. These are production facilities we intend to acquire in the proposed outsource center. No micro manufacturer can afford this. They can only afford to pay for a just in time processing service. To back this up, I will also establish along this line a production training school. This will teach people about production (how to do it) and help boost the economy. Hoviland Uzoma

Geography of focus (500 characters)

West Africa, Nigeria, (Ogun State, Lagos State, Imo State). These areas have either population and or raw material supply. People can be able to move their raw materials to the center and also move to the market.

Building Bridges: What bridge does your idea build between people on the move and neighbors towards a shared future of stability and promise? (500 characters)

The Idea builds the bridge of poverty. Poverty is the greatest challenge in this country. These idea helps people to grow, to have job, to find happiness in looking at their finely produced brands,

What human need is your idea solving for? (1,000 characters)

Ease of production process at an affordable cost.

What will be different within the community of focus as a result of implementing your idea? (1,000 characters)

People who want to produce will not have to acquire all machines before they can start their small production business. They will be confident about starting their production business because we will operate a facility that does the bulk of the jobs at a minimal cost.

What is the inspiration behind your idea? (1,000 characters)

The hardship I face in producing. I needed to bag my herbal tea and I could not do that because i did not find a tea bagging machine. I will need a lot of money to import a tea bagging machine. If there was a tea bagging facility, I could start with a budget of $1000.00US as against $30-40,000.00US.

Describe the dynamics of the community in which the idea is to be implemented. (1,000 characters)

Nigeria is highly populated, has high growth potential and a lot of natural resources. The best way to empower our society with help is to help them become economically independent.

How does your idea leverage and empower community strengths and assets to help create an environment for success? (1,000 characters)

When humans are empowered with facilities that helps them prosper economically, it becomes the best avenue for achieving an environmental success

What other partners or stakeholders will work alongside you in implementing the idea, if any? (1,000 characters)

GEA PROCESS TECHNOLOGY. They are a global dealer on all machines used in a production process.

What part of the displacement journey is your solution addressing

  • Other

Tell us how you'd describe the type of innovation you are proposing

  • Systems design: Solutions that target changing larger system

Idea Proposal Stage

  • Pilot: We have started to implement the idea as a whole with a first set of real users. The feasibility of an innovation is tested in a small-scale and real world application (i.e. 3-15% of the target population)

Group or Organization Name


Tell us more about your group or organization [or lived experience as a displaced person?] (1000 characters)

We are into small scale manufacturing and are facing great challenges. A lot of people want to product but no facility to process the materials

Type of submitter

  • We are a For-Profit Startup or Startup Social Enterprise

Organization Headquarters: Country


Organization Headquarters: City / State



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