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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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Juan Pablo Ospina Yepes Is there a significant market for dried products in Ghana currently. Do you imagined the dried products will be sold locally, exported, or both? Also, your picture of the Solar Dryer appears to be constructed from plywood. Is that readily available in Ghana. For our idea, we struggle to find the kind of construction materials that are readily available in developed countries, so it would be really interesting to understand how things are in Ghana. 

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Dear GreenPath Team, 

thank you so much for show interest on my project. i am writng this message regarding to your question post. There is  asignificant marker for dried fruit in Ghana currently they are working  with VegPro which is the largest producer and exporter of food in Kenya and Ghana. They're in the export business entirely and all of their produce is shipped to EU/UK. They have an established supply chain and they'll be our key partners in introducing the dryer on a large-scale level in Kenya and Ghana (where they've recently expanded).  as you may know there are an increasing demand for dried fruit export to Germany and EU not being met by as much as 80-90%. Also demand for dried food has risen by 20% over the last two years - Factory Manager, Mace Foods in Eldoret Kenya. Mace Foods exports to US and is looking for farmers to produce more dried food (supply chain issues, hence incentivizing farmer) so we need to develop a new suply chain to cover the existent demand. according to material. in Ghana there many companies that produces plywood i invite you to visit this page: http://www.samartex.com.gh/.

Finally i want to tell you that we are thinknig on changing some materials and make it two prototypes, the second prototype will be built assemble the kits: wood, ppr pipes, plastic sheets, corrugated sheet metal, and black paint. These will have to be transported from the suppliers, and we hope to establish a long-run contract with them in order to reduce our costs. The costs of transportation are factored into the overheads for the Sun Catcher.  the company we'll be setting up in Ghana.

Space is also needed to manufacture the solar dryers, and we'll have to look for a workshop where we can assemble the kits for the dryers. There will be rent for this space and one way to reduce that would be to partner with another entity using that space and split the rent with them. Also, labor and money is needed to make each kit.

I am looking forward to hearing some news from your team i really like your idea,


BEST REGARDS,



JUAN PABLO OSPINA YEPES

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thank you so much for show interest on my project. i am writng this message regarding to your question post. There is asignificant marker for dried fruit in Ghana currently they are working with VegPro which is the largest producer and exporter of food in Kenya and Ghana. They're in the export business entirely and all of their produce is shipped to EU/UK. They have an established supply chain and they'll be our key partners in introducing the dryer on a large-scale level in Kenya and Ghana (where they've recently expanded). as you may know there are an increasing demand for dried fruit export to Germany and EU not being met by as much as 80-90%. Also demand for dried food has risen by 20% over the last two years - Factory Manager, Mace Foods in Eldoret Kenya. Mace Foods exports to US and is looking for farmers to produce more dried food (supply chain issues, hence incentivizing farmer) so we need to develop a new suply chain to cover the existent demand. according to material. in Ghana there many companies that produces plywood i invite you to visit this page: http://www.samartex.com.gh/.

Finally i want to tell you that we are thinknig on changing some materials and make it two prototypes, the second prototype will be built assemble the kits: wood, ppr pipes, plastic sheets, corrugated sheet metal, and black paint. These will have to be transported from the suppliers, and we hope to establish a long-run contract with them in order to reduce our costs. The costs of transportation are factored into the overheads for the Sun Catcher. the company we'll be setting up in Ghana.

Space is also needed to manufacture the solar dryers, and we'll have to look for a workshop where we can assemble the kits for the dryers. There will be rent for this space and one way to reduce that would be to partner with another entity using that space and split the rent with them. Also, labor and money is needed to make each kit.

I am looking forward to hearing some news from your team i really like your idea,


BEST REGARDS,



JUAN PABLO OSPINA YEPES

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Great to have you onboard! We notice your post is currently unpublished. Was this your intention? We'd love to have it included on the challenge. If you decide you'd like it included, you can publish it by hitting the Publish Entry up there at the top of your post. Or update it first by hitting the Edit Contribution button. Looking forward to seeing more of you on conversations across this challenge...

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dear sir and madam,

hope this message finds you well, my idea is now published, i have a question is possible to post more than one idea? 

best regards