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Production of sanitizers and antiseptics in Rwanda

Curb the spread of COVID-19 by production of affordable high quality sanitizers and antiseptics

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The innovation is the manufacturing of ethyl-alcohol based sanitizers and antiseptics to replace

the existing imported similar products on the Rwandan market which are mainly isopropyl

alcohol based. Ethyl based sanitizers and antiseptics are simple to manufacture and requiring

less energy, simple machinery and leaving low carbon footprint.

- The plan is to establish a production facility in Rwanda and start the production of sanitizers and antiseptics in

the form of raw 70% alcohol by volume ethyl alcohol together with its other gel and organic oil

added derivatives. These products are used in medicine to kill 99% of germs (including

bacteria, viruses, etc.) which are the causes of many communicable diseases, and the

demand for these products has skyrocketed recently around the world due to the COVID-19


What is the need are you focusing on?

-we are focusing to the lack of affordable sanitizers and antiseptics on the Rwandan market.

- 100% of our innovation manufacturing process will use cheap raw materials that are found

locally here in Rwanda. This will eliminate foreign imported products from the whole process, it
will lower the manufacturing cost and it will reduce the market prices and increase the impact
of our products on the local market.
- In Rwanda the majority of our people have a purchasing power parity under 2 USD , they cannot afford expensive imported sanitizers , even small business owners can not afford to provide handsanitizers to customers or afford antiseptics to disinfect their working spaces due to higher prices and low market availability.

Which type of submission are you sharing?

  • Identifying a gap that needs to be addressed
  • Sharing a pivot idea your organization is considering or could consider

Describe the business pivot or adaptation in 3-4 sentences.

In Rwanda with the high population density , the low income levels and poor medical infrastructures, we are in a vulnerable position in the fight against COVID-19, with over 191 infections , there is a growing dear that the virus might have spread into the population already because of the low screening and testing ability of our health care system, we need an immediate action in curbing the spread , human to human transmissions by producing and introducing locally produced affordable sanitizers and antiseptics to our local market , to increase the safety in public spaces like shops , buses, banks etc and personal safety when individual people go out to buy necessities or at work.

Do you plan to implement this solution?

  • Yes

Describe the impact that this solution will create in the world.

- this solution will contribute in flattening the curve and curbing the spread of COVID-19 -The goal is to reduce the current local prices by 50% in 2 years and by 70% in 5 years. - We will prioritize the production of affordable packages for the population at the bottom of the economic ladder.

What is the name of your business or organization?

ivothestreetdistillers ltd

What does your business/company do? Whose needs does your business/company address? Who do you serve?

We specialize in neutral ethyl alcohol production, we are located in Nyarugenge , Kigali , Rwanda

What is your profession?

I graduated in 2016 from Nanjing university with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering, 4 years of experie in the production of neutral spirits

Where are you located (country)?


Where are you located (region)?

  • Eastern Africa

What industry is your business/company in?

  • Food Services

How many people does your business/company employ?

  • 11-49

Which classification describes your organization/business?

  • Business

What kind of stakeholders and partnerships are needed to pursue this solution?

  • Funding- Grants

Do you need help building partnerships and finding partners?

  • Yes

If Yes to the above, please share 1-2 sentences describing the specific help you desire.

We need funds injection to expand our radius of supply to the neighbouring countries , Uganda, DRC , Tanzania and Burundi

What do you think are the main barriers to implementing this solution?

- Establishing a dedicated facility - Commissioning the necessary production machinery dedicated to the project and equipment - Establishing a transport and delivery system - Buying security equipment - production and marketing for our products

If you are currently working on a pivot, what have you learned so far?

It is possible and easy to implement if anyone has got means.

Are you aware of any open source efforts, hackathons or other collaborative efforts related to your solution? Are you participating in these efforts?


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