Mobilized Construction hires local villagers to manually fill potholes, dig drainage ditches, and clear debris from the road. We are replacing the largest expense associated with road maintenance, the cost to rent, operate, and transport heavy machinery, with labor hired from local communities. In order to organize our labor force and assess the road conditions, we are creating a technology platform that utilizes data analytics to assess the road performance, communicate with individual field supervisors, track employee productivity. Our approach will deliver sustainable and climate resilient roads at a fraction of today's cost.
We are partnering with One Acre Fund, an organization focused on generating positive impact in the lives of for farmers in East Africa, to launch operations in rural Rwanda. One Acre Fund has been serving farmers in Rwanda since 2007 and helps over 113,500 farmers today by offering seeds, fertilizers, financing, and many other services.
One Acre Fund is providing their deep local expertise and knowledge of rural roads to identify and prioritize which roads should be maintained to maximize the impact to farmers and the surrounding communities.
Funding from openIDEO would help us maintain 150-200km of road in Rubengera, Rwanda. We are in the process of estimating how many farmers this project would impact. We believe our project will serve hundreds of farmers and thousands of members of the community while providing employment to dozens of individuals in the community. The World Bank typically pays upwards of $16,000 per km for road maintenance. We estimate we will be delivering upwards of $3 million of services at 1/30th of the cost while accelerating maintenance timelines from once per year to once per month.
We have launched a proof-of-concept in Uganda in February and have seen tremendous results from our first project. Travel time and taxi fares from the village center to our partner health clinic decreased by 50% and we have observed the number of observed vehicles increase by almost 400%.
Better roads facilitates access to markets, decreases crop spoilage, reduces the cost of transportation of goods, and promotes competition. Ultimately we are striving to help farmers take home more pay from their crops.
We believe improving roads is the key to empowering farmers and entire communities in rural regions with the ability to become their own change makers.