Problem: Forest is a complex ecosystem, connecting living organisms, and such components as air, soil and water. Without green plants, humanity will be sentenced to extinction. Tree plantings done by the efforts of government do not guarantee reforestation to the same extent forests are being eliminated per year.
Solution: ‘PosadiLes.ru’ is a crowdfunding service for the forest restoration in Russia.
Goals and objectives: The main goal is the conservation of nature and the rational use of natural resources through developing a private model for supporting environmental initiatives.
Implementation: In the autumn 2010, after the hot summer when terrible wildfires took place across Russia, tthe ECA Green Movement of Russia, launched the campaign the ‘More Oxygen!’ for tree planting. For 4 years, the program was financially supported by the socially responsible company Faberlic, thanks to which 10 million trees were planted in 47 regions of Russia and 5,000 school nurseries were created under the leadership of ECA activists. The program started with the creation of school nurseries, but in recent years, the main focus was on the massive planting of trees in the countryside, which badly need reforestation.
After four years, the partnership program ended, but the ECA Movement team decided to go on with our activities in reforestation and created a crowdfunding service ‘PosadiLes.ru’.
The service works in three simple steps:
Not so long ago, the team came up with a new format for involving people in the “forest” problem – the team decided to create the mobile online game “Plant the forest”. The game telss its players about the deforestation problem, about the fact that not far is the time when a person can cut down the last tree. The game can show important things in a simple manner.
Achievements: Since 2015, anyone can plant their own forest even without leaving home. During this time, about 5 thousand people supported the planting of more than 150 thousand trees in 13 regions of Russia.
Phone: +7 495 228-17-90
Problem: The impact of dumping clothing in landfill sites is catastrophic. Natural fibres such as cotton or silk produce greenhouse gases upon degradation, while synthetic fibres such as polyester are non-biodegradable, leading to similar impacts on the environment as plastics. Chemicals from dyes can have severe impacts on soil and water sources from run-off.
Solution: FabricAID collects, sorts, and redistributes clothes to disadvantaged communities at micro-prices.
Goals and objectives: The goal is to deliver good quality clothing into the hands of people who need them, while also reducing fabric waste.
Implementation: Fabric Aid was founded by young entrepreneurs Omar Itani, Hussam Hanouni and Lynn Abi Aad in 2017.
Clothes are graded, sorted into around 50 categories, selecting only clothes in good condition, cleaned in the warehouse and redistributed to disadvantaged communities at US$0.3 – US$2 per item AT FabricAID pop-up markets and FabricAID permanent shops. Clothing that is not fit for re-sale is sold in bulk to existing second-hand stores for much lower prices.
FabricAID’s sorting facility is fully staffed by refugees, adding an additional layer of social impact to its innovative model.
In addition, the FabricAid collects new and gently used clothes, shoes, and accessories through its network of smart clothing collection bins located all over Lebanon, and garments that cannot be reused are shredded for pillows, chairs, couches, mattresses, and bean bags. In collaboration with the Orphan Welfare society, it also works with students from ESMOD Fashion School to create fashionable clothes and with woman refugee tailors from NGO Sawa for Development and Aid, who tailor the fabric into clothes for its own up-cycled fashion brand, RemAID.
Achievements: By 2019, the organization has upcycled 31800 kilograms of clothing and sold more than 28280 items among more than 5570 people, mostly refugees or disadvantaged communities with little income.
Fabric Aid won first runner up prize for the social entrepreneurship track at the 11th edition of the Arab Startup competition held in Oman, on April 19, 2018.
In September 2019, Omar Itani won the Young Champions of the Earth Prize for his pioneering work to establish the region’s first upcycling and clothing redistribution hub.
Address: Beirut, Nicolas Turk str., Resiviglio Building 4th floor
Phone: +961 (76) 900230
Problem: Unemployment rate in the Arab region is high. One of the main problems that graduates face is lack of experience as most companies require more than five year of experience.
Solution: Cerati initiative is a mobile app and website that provides college students and graduates with access to freelancing, temporary and full jobs and tasks, it provides various training opportunities, workshops, internships, competitions, events, exhibitions and Motivations.
Goals and objectives: Our aim is to integrate university students with the external labour market before the graduation and develop their skills to earn supporting income.
Implementation: Cerati was founded by Ms. Yafa Abd Al Rahim, an entrepreneurship and first place winner in the Arab Innovation Academy in 2018. Cerati works as a linkage between users and employers that nominates the companies that best suits the students’ interests and qualifications.
Cerati platform matches and develops students’ skills and experiences with desirable and available job vacancies. It provides information about various training opportunities, workshops, internships, competitions, events, exhibitions and inspiration.
Achievements: Today, Cerati targets seven different Palestinian universities in the West Bank spread evenly in different areas. In addition, it works with more than 50 Palestinian companies and foundations, improving a number of services, which has to fill in the gaps between the two and reinforces the abilities of the student.
Address: Al Tireh Street, Ramallah
Phone: +970 598 191 684
Problem: Air pollution is rising every year and there are several causes for it. One of the causes is the presence of a large number of vehicles on roads.
Solution: Pariyantra Air Filtration System is an aesthetically designed piece of equipment that fits snugly on the transport vehicles and carries out a task of cleaning the environmental air of the particulate matter it produces.
Goals and objectives: The product aims to fight air pollution by cleaning atmospheric air through filters fitted on vehicles.
Implementation: The Priyayantra Air filtration system innovation to fight air pollution is designed by Dr. B S. Gill, Amit Kumar Singh and Prachie Sharma, researchers from Manav Rachna Innovation and Incubation Centre (MRIIC) in 2017. As the vehicle moves, air passes through the holes in front of the device. It has been found that the filters can trap up to 98% of the particulate matter thus keeping the air, pollutant free.
A pilot project sponsored by the Government of India is currently in progress and the results are highly encouraging. The system does not consume any electricity like other air purifiers, and is mounted on the roof of any vehicle — buses, cars, auto-rickshaws, and even two-wheelers. When mounted on buses, it works the same as six indoor air purifiers. It occupies little space on the bus rooftop, with a weight of 18 kilograms, and does not add any extra load on the vehicle engine even while running. The device is designed to match the aesthetics of the vehicle, and any moving vehicle fitted with it will become an air purifier too. The filters used are biodegradable.
Achievements: The filters have already been installed in 30 buses, collecting 1.5 kilograms of dust in just 10 days, with 77 percent of the particles captured being smaller than 10 microns.
Problem: Poverty and hunger are very prevalent in Zambia, with almost 60% of people living below the absolute poverty line. As a means of putting food on the table, many rural communities opt to cut down trees and sale charcoal to earn an income. The cutting down of trees however has high environmental consequences as it causes deforestation, contributing significantly contributing to climate change.
Solution: ZamHives is double-decker $4 low cost, high productive beehives made from unwanted wood waste and offcuts from commercial wood processing centers and plantations.
Goals and objectives: ZamHive aims to address the problems of rural poverty and climate change through providing rural communities with new sources of income in order to cut charcoal production and prevent deforestation.
Implementation: Dytech Limited Zambia, a social and export enterprise developed a protected designed beehive that is moveable, durable and productive ZamHive beehives, a proven poverty intervention system.
The productive ZamHive eco-friendly design boosts productivity, increasing honey production per beehive from 15 kilograms to 75 kilograms per season. The solution helps rural communities to earn a 150% increase in income from honey sales as compared to that of crops such as maize of charcoal per kilo.
Hives are consigned to outgrowers, engaging them to produce honey for increased production for export into global markets such as Germany, China, Egypt and South Africa. Payments to outgrowers are provided in cash, supplies or solar products.
Dytech Limited also provides training for rural outgrowers, many of them women. With the initial number of trained 100 women and the distribution of one thousand ZamHives® units the increased demand resulted in equip the extra 200 youths and women who turned up for training with beehives from export revenues.
The social impact on communities gets bigger as they are now benefiting more than ever because the honey is being exported to global markets. It’s been a very important moment that has brought more beehives and ultimately money into the communities from other awards such as from Gates Foundation and the Dubai Impact Grant.
Dytech Limited have reached a deal with two Chinese companies who will buy 500 tons of honey – both in bottles and bulk loads of the branded SweetHarvest™ Pure Honey – for the 2019 to 2020 period. The company exported 80 tons of honey to Germany and 20 tons Egypt since December 2018.
Now the company is poised to export the largest single honey consignment of 200ton from Zambia to Germany and China in 2019.
P.O.BOX 38937, Lusaka, Zambia
Mr. Alan Chanda, CEO
Problem: Rural health workers face difficulties when they need specialist advice due to geographical restraints, increasing the risk of long-term effects of diseases and errors and delays.
Solution: Vula mobile is an e-referral application that makes it easy to refer patients to specialists by putting primary healthcare workers in rural areas directly in touch with on-call specialists. The app is made for rural areas and uses up to 25x less data than social messaging apps.
Goals and objectives: The aim of the app is to give health workers – particularly those in remote rural areas – a tool that helps to get patients quick and efficient specialist care.
Implementation: Vula is the brainchild of Dr William Mapham, who conceived the idea for the app while working at the Vula Emehlo Eye Clinic in rural Swaziland.
The apps for Android and iOS were launched in July 2014.
This free app was initially only for ophthalmology referrals, but it quickly became clear that the functionality provided by Vula was widely needed. Specialists from several different fields donated their time to work with the Vula team to design functionality for their own specialities. Vula added cardiology, orthopaedics and burns in April 2016. This redesign enabled the app to scale to include referral forms for any number of specialities.As of December 2019 there are 33 specialties on Vula and it is used by 54 types of health professional.
Achievements: The number of health workers registered on Vula more than doubled from 1,775 at the beginning of January 2017, to more than 9,500 in December 2019.
The number of patients helped increased from 2,397 in the fourth quarter of 2016, to 5,888 patients helped in the same quarter of 2017, and now to over 26,000 in the fourth quarter of 2019.
Vula was awarded MTN’s Best Health App of 2019.
39 High Level Road, J5 Alma Court, Greenpoint, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
William Mapham, Founder & CEO
Problem: In Bann Samkha village, most of the people work on rice farms as my family does and, after the harvest season, there are not enough jobs and villagers do not have the income to support their families. On the other hand, farmers get rid of the rice straw, the crop residue, by burning it, which produces smoke and CO2 emissions. the paper and packaging industry is causing huge environmental problems around the world in terms of deforestation, CO2 and waste management.
Solution: Fang Thai’s rice straw pulp packaging is one of the most environment-friendly options of packaging products in the market. Its paper is not only 100% biodegradable in 30 days but also water, oil and grease resistant (more than two hours) with a non-chemical coating solution that is made from rice straw pulp.
Goals and objectives: To make 100% biodegradable packaging from rice straw pulp and to avoid using any non-toxic chemicals during the process.
Implementation: In 2018, after two years of experimenting and meeting with experts and advisors Mrs. Jaruwan Khammuang and Mr. Nathapol Khammuang, founders of Fang Thai company based in Bann Samkha in Lampang province, Thailand developed a high-quality and environmentally- friendly product.
Fang Thai produces high-quality biodegradable paper and packaging from rice straw with no hazardous chemicals added during the process. In addition, the company will sell its wet pulp to companies that want to produce paper and molding packaging in a sustainable way. Among other certifications, the Natural Material and Fiber Group, Division of Engineering Materials Department of Science Service states that Fang Thai’s rice straw pulp is mercury and heavy metals free and has no AOX substance. In addition, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of Thailand calculates the products’ carbon footprint and, considering this, Fang Thai is able to reduce approximately 28,000 tons of CO2 emissions per year addressing in this way one of the most important issues of the industry (https://www.unido.org).
Achievements: Fang Thai's rice straw packaging products directly reduce GHG emissions and air pollution from improper crop burning and the use of less sustainable packaging materials. It also generates new sources of income for the local community, Bann Samkha - a village of 160 families and creates a new industry and value chain of rice straw paper that boosts the local economy in Lampang.
Fang Thai won the Global "Waste Beneficiation" Category award of the Cleantech Open Global Forum 2018, Los Angeles, California and 2019 SEED Low Carbon Award.
Fang Thai Factory Limited Partnership
Hua Sua, Lampang, Thailand
Phone: +66 818990394
Problem: Research reveals that five to 10 percent of all cancers are hereditary, one ninth of Russians have at least one life-threatening genetic mutation, 0.4 percent have mutations that lead to cardiovascular diseases, and between 0.5 to 5 percent have mutations that increase the risk of thrombosis.
Solution: An enterprise that provides access to personal and medical genetics information using cutting-edge technologies for bioinformatics, molecular genetic studies, DNA isolation and analysis for consumer genetic testing, hereditary disease diagnostic, and clinical trials.
Goals and objectives: To provide medical diagnosis of rare inherited diseases,
genetic studies for planning a healthy pregnancy, DNA tests for multifactorial diseases, genetic studies to determine predispositions associated with sports, metabolic characteristics and other human characteristics.
Implementation: In 2010 M.V. Lomonosov, Valery Ilyinsky, Artem Elmuratov and Kirill Petrenko, graduates of Moscow State University founded Genotek – a high-tech medical company in collaboration with leading Russian and European research institutes in the field of genetics and medicine.
Health and Longevity® the leading product from Genotek searches for mutations that increases the likelihood of both critical and non-critical illnesses. Since DNA testing can determine risk for disease development, support children planning and provide insights on health, Health and Longevity® helps in disease prevention by screening for inherited pathologies, mutations and exome analysis.
Health and Longevity® provides a thorough genetic analysis and identifies diseases that the customer is of higher risk to. The customer also receives recommendations on prophylactics of the specific disease s/he is prone to. With regular check-ups and a personal examination plan, it is then possible to identify diseases at early stages and prevent further manifestation. This contributes to longer life expectancy and a better quality of life for its customers.
All DNA tests are conducted in Genotek’s Moscow laboratory using Illumina HiSeq2500, MiSeq, Oxford Nanopore MinION sequencers, Illumina HiScan microchip analysis platform, and Pacific Biosciences RS II.
The parent company currently employs 65 employees, including 5 PhD’s and 9 PhD candidates.
Achievements: Since its founding, Health and Longevity® has served thousands of customers from 16 countries.
Genotek in cooperation with the Institute of General Genetics of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Pirogov Russian National Research Medical University have discovered a previously unknown mutation associated with a rare genetic disease - Liddle’s syndrome.
Moscow, Mentorship Lane, Building 17, Building 1, Entrance 14
Phone: +7 495 215-15-14
Problem: Sending money privately was not easy in Kenya. Whenever a person wanted to send money, especially, to remote rural areas, it was associated with travels to and from the bank to get a cash and a waiting period until he/she was free to travel and deliver money. Alternatively, one would choose to send neighbours or a public vehicle driver playing the route to take the cash to his parent. This risky method used to cost some money because the messengers often demanded tips.
Solution: M-Pesa (M for mobile, pesa is Swahili for money) is Africa's most successful mobile money service. It provides access to financial services to the millions of people who have a mobile phone, but do not have or have only limited access to a bank account. M-Pesa provides people with a safe, secure and affordable way to send and receive money, top-up airtime, make bill payments, receive salaries, get a short-term loan and much more.
Goals and objectives: M-Pesa aims to provide access to financial services to the millions of people who have a mobile phone.
Implementation: Established on 6th March 2007 by Vodafone's Kenyan associate, Safaricom, now M-Pesa has over 37 million active customers and almost 400,000 active agents operating across 7 countries: the Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique and Tanzania.
Customers register for the service at an authorised agent, often this is a small mobile phone store or retailer, and then deposit cash in exchange for electronic money which they can send to their family or friends throughout the country.
Once they have registered, all transactions are completed securely by entering a PIN number and both parties receive an SMS confirming the amount that has been transferred. The recipient, who does not have to use the same network, receives the electronic money in real-time and then redeems it for cash by visiting another agent, or spends it at an M-Pesa merchant.
M-Pesa significantly reduces the potential risks of street robbery, burglary and petty corruption within cash-based economies where only a small proportion of the population benefit from access to conventional financial services.
M-Pesa enables businesses of all sizes to collect payment from customers, make stock purchases and pay salaries to employees anywhere in the country, providing SMS notifications of every transaction for record keeping.
M-Pesa also helps governments to collect taxes and disburse social security payments, whilst enabling charities and non-government organizations to send money to thousands of beneficiaries at once.
Achievements: In 2019, 37 million active customers carried out over 11 billion transactions, averaging over 500 transactions every second.
P.O Box 66827, 00800 Nairobi
Phone: +254 722 003272
Problem: Paucity in funding for agriculture, food insecurity and under-utilization of abundant arable land, increasing youth unemployment, aging farmer population, and difficulty in accessing a consistent supply of high quality traceable produce are one of the main problems in Sub-Saharan Africa’s economic landscape.
Solution: E-farms is an agriculture focused fintech that sources funds from farm investors (individual and corporate, using an online platform, so as to finance agricultural production and commodity trading, so as to unlock finance and access to markets for smallholder farmers. We also train and empower young graduates looking to start a career in agriculture, but with neither skills and funds to do so. It's an agri-financing and agri-learning platform.
Goals and objectives: E-farms was founded to ensure that farmers have all the resources and finance required for optimal production by leveraging on pools of investment from investors passionate about the agricultural sector, but lacking the skills and time to execute effectively; and making same available to farmers, both active farmers, as well as potential graduate farmers, and connecting this to produce off-takers.
Implementation: eFarms (incorporated as FoodBank GrowMore Ltd) was founded by Nwachinemere Emeka and Akam Divine Love in November 29th 2017.
eFarms presents a preselect list of farms comprising of different crops and animals, chosen with careful consideration to demand, yield, Return of Investment (ROI), and Tenure of investment. These are divided into sub units corresponding to minimum investments for each farm. Thus, a maize farm may consist of 100 Acres of sub-farms, which may be in different locations. All farms are insured. To participate, a potential farm-investor would go through the platform, browse through all the farms with their corresponding GPS Coordinates, ROI, Expected Yield, Tenure of Investment displayed, read the FAQs, ask questions; then register, and select for funding the farm of their choice. During the tenure of investment, the farm-investor gets bi-weekly feedback in the form of videos, pictures, texts, and can book on-site farm visit if he chooses. At the end of the investment tenure, the Farm-Investor gets back his initial capital and his returns on investment varying for different crops and different tenures.
When a participant registers as either an active farmer, or graduate farmer, they are screened; only qualified farmers can participate or be on-boarded. Active farmers are assessed for crops they have experience growing, a feasibility study on the suitability of land they use for selected crop would be evaluated, and if matching, the farmer’s operation is funded. For the graduate farmers, they can only be on-boarded at the end of their training on crops selected. The funding of farmers comes in the form of provision of inputs needed for the quantity of crops chosen, and monthly stipends agreed upon. This measure is to ensure that funds are used for agreed upon purposes, as well as uniformity of produce, as the same seedlings would be provided to all farmers.
The active learner chooses what crop to follow and is able to learn across all our media platforms. She/he may later decide to begin his own farm, or work with eFarms. The produce off-takers also registers and keeps track of our produce and the harvest time; with the view to buying them once they are ready.
Achievements: To date, eFarms has connected over 748 investors, rasing over $500,000 in farm investments to finance 3,050 smallholder farmers working in 9 different agricultural value chains across 8 states of Nigeria.
eFarms won the 2017 CTA Pitch AgriHack competition held in Côte d’Ivoire. The Support from CTA enabled the company to hit the to meet and exceed the milestones they set in agreement with CTA, which included leasing and cultivating at least 100 Ha of land, finance 100 smallholder farmers across three locations in Nigeria and provide 200 ‘graduate farmers’ with on-farm training in their chosen field of interest, provide 50 ‘farm-ternships’ opportunities for students enrolled in higher institutions and raise at least ₦10 million ($20,000) from a minimum of 50 farm-investors. Efarms also won the FCMB Pitch Perfect Competition as the best e-savings platform in Nigeria, and was named top 50 innovative startups in Africa by the Jack Ma Foudations’ African Netpreneur initative, in 2019.
Divine-Love Akam, CEO
4B Ogun-Osun River Basin Development Authority,
Oyo road, Niko, Iseyin, Oyo State
Phone: +234 812 867 6420
Problem: The improper disposal of rubber waste, including tires, poses a severe environmental challenge. In Egypt, despite nearly 140 million tonnes of solid waste produced annually, only half gets recycled. Tire fumes have been linked to Leukemia as well as other water and soil contamination problems.
Solution: Mobikya is furniture made from upcycled tires with the conviction of solving global problems by transforming and processing used rubber into a valuable product.
Goals and objectives: Mobikya aims to upcycle more tires, stop taking down trees in order to manufacture furniture and raising people’s awareness about green climate.
Implementation: Mobikya was founded by “trash designer” Ibrahim A. Abougendy in old Cairo in 2016. He conjured up the idea in his final year studying architecture when he wanted to make sustainable furniture but lacked the financial resources to use unprocessed waste. He turned to tires, which exist in great abundance, often discarded in junk yards and landfills. He developed a unique quality control method for selecting tires suitable to work with. In order to ensure that tires are high quality, Mobikya increases their prices on a quarterly basis in order to incentivize the suppliers to keep the material up to par with the quality of the products.
Mobikya also employs locals including designers, photographers, and collectors.
Achievements: As of 2019, Mobikya has upcycled more than 1700 tires with zero emissions, 1000 washing machine drums and about 1500 Wooden Shipping boxes.
Ibrahim A. Abougendy
Kasr El sham3, Old Cairo, Cairo, Egypt, 11632
Problem: By 2050, the global population is predicted to reach 10 billion, which implies growing demand for more food products. Given such prospects, the importance of agriculture monitoring is difficult to overlook.
Solution: Strider is a mobile application and a geo based big-data engine that reduces the usage of pesticides based on trustworthy/actionable information, better timing and precise dosages.
Goals and objectives: To bring technology and agriculture together, providing Ag Tech solutions that allow producers to make fast, quality, informed decisions resulting in higher productivity from their fields.
Implementation: Strider was developed by Strider, a Brazil-based ranch management startup in 2013. and installed in tablets; it allows technicians and field producers to register the exact incidents which may influence in the proliferation of plagues, resulting in a high level control, productivity and, mainly, up to 15% in pesticides cost savings.
The collection of information in the field is done with water- and fall-resistant collectors, with seven-inch touchscreens and equipped with a camera, GPS and an extra battery. The collector allows the technician to orient themselves on the farm through a map with GPS, facilitating the location of fields, areas affected by pests, points of action and traps.
The collector’s user interface is simple and requires few hours of training. The samples are always accompanied by photos that corroborate diagnoses. The collector works 100% offline. Then through a a WiFi connection, data is sent to precision analysis.
Strider company train a producer’s team and quickly bring you up to speed with the ease of use and application of the product. After just one day, the team is in position to begin to reap the benefits of the product and begin seeing it in action. Throughout the seasons, the company stays in touch with producers, follow up, and optimize the product to ensure to the best results.
Achievements: Strider has worked with Brazilian farmers for years integrating their decision-making platform into farms covering more than 1.8M acres in Brazil. Now Strider has been utilized by more than 3,000 farms worldwide. From South America (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay) to North America (Mexico, USA) and all the way to Australia and Mozambique.
Alameda da Serra, 322
Vale do Sereno
Belo Horizonte - MG
Phone: +55 31 3564 2867