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Best Utility Vehicle for Rural Africa

Empower young entrepreneurs by manufacturing revolutionary cargo vehicles to add agricultural value, fill gaps & connect crops to market.

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EXPLAIN YOUR IDEA

BUV (Basic Utility Vehicle) is a simple, suitable, affordable, rugged, high capacity transport vehicle for Africa's rural regions. We empower young entrepreneurs to launch their own immediately profitable transport companies by entering our training and RENT TO OWN (RTO) programs. The vehicles are manufactured in Tanzania by Tanzanians, and made available to young Tanzanians through the RTO program. Many young Tanzanians are frustrated by a lack of opportunities for training, job skill development, income generation and economic development that lead to stability and an increasingly secure and promising future. The result is that the vast majority of Tanzania’s current and emerging workforce lacks training, job skills and opportunities. 80% of Tanzania’s rural population depend on agriculture for their livelihood, yet there is no affordable, reliable transportation that guarantees crops get to market or to transportation arteries.  This lack penalizes farmers, inhibits agricultural productivity, threatens food security and does not feed the future. Appropriately durable vehicles are too expensive for the majority of local people to purchase, operate and maintain. We bring a value added product and services, filling a gap in the agricultural sector and empowering the emerging workforce through job training and the opportunity to own a BUV. Made tough for Africa, each BUV brings transportation AND transformation, ready and able to change lives and communities

WHO BENEFITS?

People and the environment benefit! We provide training and jobs in the city & rural settings.   Each working BUV creates a small transport business, immediately generating income for families & assisting communities with transport needs.  Low fuel BUVs generate income, get inputs to farms & crops to market, increase food security, build agricultural productivity & protect the environment.  BUVs develop Tanzania's agricultural & business potential.   Enterprise builds the economy for all :)

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WHERE WILL YOUR IDEA BE IMPLEMENTED?

  • Tanzania

EXPERIENCE IN IMPLEMENTATION COUNTRY(IES)

  • Yes, for more than one year.

EXPERTISE IN SECTOR

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

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