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.