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INCREASE FARMING PROFITS USING SUN CATCHERS TO PROCESS FRUIT AND VEGETABLES INTO RAW MATERIALS FOR GRANOLAS, SOUPS, CEREALS AND YOGURTS.

Bring a eco-friendly solution involving rural communities and increasing their incomes. Using sun catchers and prolonging the life of food

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EXPLAIN YOUR IDEA

The beneficiaries include every individual using a sun catcher, the nearby community workshops and stores that will sell the materials, communitary schools which need to include dried fruits in their menus. Nearby farmers looking for dried fruits as well as the entire community in general. The farmer's using the dryer will prevent food from spoiling and lead to each farmer making more money and having a better livelihood for themselves and their families.

WHO BENEFITS?

Our idea will be implemented in Ghana, The Sun Catcher will partner with major distributors throughout Ghana. We need to build a strong relationship with a company and we are confident that we will be able to sell Sun Catcher's to them. Athis company will then re-distribute the Sun Catcher's to their network of over six hundred farmers in order to solidify their supply chain.

WHERE WILL YOUR IDEA BE IMPLEMENTED?

yes, the Sun Catcher will penetrate the local ecosystem of drying methods and from then on, it'll be easier to expand operations to different regions/companies.

ARE YOU IMPLEMENTING IN AN ELIGIBLE COUNTRY?

  • Yes

EXPERTISE IN SECTOR

  • I’ve worked in a sector related to my idea for over a year

EXPERIENCE IN IMPLEMENTATION COUNTRY(IES)

  • Not yet.

TELL US MORE ABOUT YOU!

Winner of a Scholarship to participate on the Global Competitiveness Leadership program at Georgetown University, Scholar at foundation Carolina (AECID) for the Master in Advanced Technologies for agroforestry development at the University of Valladolid (Spain), Agricultural engineer from Colombia

Today, over 60% of people from the 28 countries including in this challenge live on about %2.00/day and 80% of the work force here is comprised small scale farmers. Most, of these farmers have only, 5 acres of land to work and we need to help them because they can not afford to lose its products harvested.

Drying food is an option but it takes 3 to 5 days with open air drying. Solar Dryiers on the market now cost between $500- 2000 USD. our sun catchers cost only $150 USD to build. Sun catchers have the ability to increase shelf life of food so that farmers can sell it later. 

The sun catchers can be built in 2 days by 2 people and dried foods can be sold for 3 times the cost of fresh food; For instance, tomatoes can be dried in 8 hours in the sun catcher.

Farmers will be able to make $4.50/day more. money spent on the sun catcher will be paid back within 2 months of the start of harvest season. All materials will be bought locally so that they can be easily replaced if broken.

Workshops will teach small entrepreneur how to build and maintain sun catchers in order to create a sustainable venture. Currently in Kenya there is a company called Azuri which using sun catchers to dry their food and they are helping the Penn State to collect data to maximize their sun catcher´s desing. We can work together to change realities and help communities in pooverty.

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I like the concept of cheap, efficient food driers. It makes food last longer giving more time to deliver to markets. New and more profitable markets can therefore be developed with good product packaging and market channels developed. Also see good potential in providing dried fruit products to drink and ice cream makers. Thanks Juan.

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