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Evaptainers helps tackle Africa’s food spoilage problem by creating low-cost refrigerators that run on water.

Evaptainers helps tackle Africa’s food spoilage problem by creating low-cost refrigerators that run on water.

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Quang commented on Evaptainers

Hi Kate Rushton

Thanks for your feedback! I changed our "Full Description" to use the template you suggested and also added a link to our website. To answer your other questions, yes we incorporated in 2015 though we've been working on the project since 2014. We are a social enterprise, legally incorporated as an LLC in the state of Massachusetts. I'm not sure where you mean by "local" employment, but we have full-time staff in both Massachusetts and Morocco. As we expand to other countries, we expect to hire management staff from those respective countries as well, in order to provide us with the "on-the ground" expertise we lack.

As for the next few years:
- In the next year, will be working to finish our first production run of 500 units of the EV-8, and conduct a large scale USAID funded field test of these devices in Morocco. Once that is completed, we will begin to scale for production and officially launch the product in Morocco. At the same time, we will take advantage of all the support and interest we’ve gotten in the U.S. from campers, RV enthusiasts, organic farmers and off-grid consumers to launch a Kickstarter campaign in the U.S.
- In the next 2 years, we plan to grow both in the U.S. market and internationally. In the U.S. we would start to focus on the outdoor industry and retailers such as REI, Bass Pro Shops and Cabellas. Our high-end market sales would have more traditional margins allowing us to realize a significant profit wholesaling to outdoor retailers. This margin will go to supporting our work internationally. At the same time, we would expand from Morocco to neighboring Tunisia and Algeria through connections we’ve already made to business partners in those countries. In each new country we work in, we would hire a local management team to oversee distribution in that country, providing local employment.
- In the next 3 years, we will start to expand from the U.S. market to other climate appropriate high-end markets like Southern Europe, Australia and S. Africa through overseas distribution partners. We would also continue to expand our developing market operations by working to acquire contracts with development organizations and disaster relief efforts who would buy our units in bulk for their beneficiaries.

Please let me know if I can answer any other questions!