Born in 1983 in Masvingo, Zimbabwe, Lawrence Hoba has over 9 years of experience as an entrepreneur, marketer and trainer. Lawrence is skilled in business and entrepreneurship, monitoring and evaluation, social media usage and project management. He is the founder of Energy Resources Africa. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Management, an MA in Intellectual Property and is studying for an MBA . He is a current Canon Collins Scholar and Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme participant for 2016.
Dear Chioma and The Amplify Team Thank you for taking your time to go through our idea. Please find below my responses on behalf of our team.
1 & 2. We are currently at the business plan stage of the idea, as well as initiating the prototyping. A team member is already leading the prototyping of the idea, in collaboration with the team members. The team member is also looking at the most value-effective partners we may engage who have existing technologies who may become our technical partners. We are also currently undertaking studies to determine the whole value chain of the fresh fruits and vegetables market to comprehend both the quantities currently passing through the informal market and the key areas where spoilage occurs.
3. As the team leader, I have more than 5 years experience working in various capacities in community development projects. These include working mainly with the youth in economic empowerment, peace-building and training. I am also a board member of Practical Empowerment and Networking Youth Association, a youth empowerment community development organisation as well as GraceCard Trust, an orphancare organisation. As EnRA this will be our first community devlopment project under our Light-Up Africa initiatives which are aimed at providing solutions to communities in a developmental, rather than profit-making, capacity. We will collaborate with the CBOs that work with communal farmers and vendors.
4. We have been routinely undertaking field visits mainly to the market to talk to farmers who have expressed their dismay at the rate at which their produce goes to waste especially in the hot months. In terms of payments, the farmers will be paying only a nomimal fee which will justify the reduced spoliage rates while ensuring that farmers have increased revenues retention. The fee will mainly be for ensuring sustainability of the facility.
5. We would like to use Amplify support as a grant to set up the centre along with support from the City Council who own the land. We would also like to learn from the experience of Amplify and other teams on Amplify to help refine our idea.
Thank you and hope that this covers the requested information.