- Tell us about your start-up/business. What’s your 30 second elevator pitch?
We are producing clean cooking stoves; our aim is to change people’s mindset to stop polluting the environment and save the planet
2. What need or problem are you solving?
We are saving the environment from emission of black carbon smoke, reducing deforestation and providing easy access to clean cooking energy by using improved cooking stove.
3. How did you come up with the idea for the business?
Lack of access to modern clean energy which 70% depend on in rural areas and mostly cause damage to the environment and increase in heart diseases due to the black carbon emitted while cooking causing millions of people’s life to be at risk especially children dying under 5 years made me to ponder on the idea of creating a platform where they can be safe, save their time and energy also provide easy access to modern clean cooking energy by using our smart green stove.
4. How did you validate that your solution was viable?
First products were 20 single burner stoves which were sold out within 2 weeks at 250,000LE each and the demand keep increasing everyday due to the positive feedback of these stove users.
5. What stage are you at and what’s next?
The stage of our business presently is meeting to market demands and supply and creating more awareness about clean cooking energy.
6. What is the biggest win you’ve had so far?
The biggest win so far is that UNDP Sierra Leone has come to our aid through the women and youth project for the purpose of developing our business and creating a sustainable community livelihood project.
7. What has been the biggest challenge you’ve to overcome as a start-up founder?
Our business is facing so many challenges of which the greatest is finance and the tools and machinery needed for our start up.
8. What needs do you have to grow and take it to the next level?
In order to grow our business and become more sustainable we are in need of
- Affordable transportation means to do deliveries
- financial support
- branding and marketing
- more equipment’s to enhance production
- creating a platform for more awareness.
9. What’s your take on the local start-up scene / entrepreneurial community? What has been helpful?
As an entrepreneur, a local startup is not easy it takes a lot from, your finance, time, energy, labour and many more.
10. What do you think as an entrepreneur would be more helpful to have here in the region?
As an entrepreneur, introducing innovation technology, product and services, increase competition, provide startup kits for innovators, and more viable projects.
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