The entrepreneurs below successfully completed the Einstein Rising business accelerator program and are now running healthy businesses that help their communities, their environments and themselves.
ZECC Life and Doce Ketchup assist tomato farmers in realizing their full financial opportunities as well as confront the food waste epidemic. Peter devised the Zero Energy Cooling Chamber, a refrigerator made of natural materials that extends the shelf life of produce. They have preserved 5,000 lbs. of food that would have expired due to weather and lack of access to the market.
Doce Ketchup becoming a leading brand in Uganda. They purchase tomatoes from ZECC’s partner farmers and processes them into Ketchup. The more ZECC Life enables farmers to maximize their profits, the more revenue opportunities for Doce Ketchup. The companies increased the household income of partner farmers by 30% so far. In the next three years, Peter expects to benefit more than 15,000 rural households.
The majority of rural or low-income areas, as a consequence of poverty, have community toilets. One pit style latrine can be shared by up to 10 families. They are unsanitary, often have long lines and can be an unsafe place for women at night. As pits fill up it contaminates groundwater and seeps into water sources leading to the spread of diseases such as Cholera, Dysentery and Typhoid. Sanitation Africa’s toilet makes life a little easier by offering an affordable, private, safe and hygienic bathroom option. The company uses a barrel biogas digester system like a septic tank. They remove the waste for their customers free of charge. The waste is then processed to create alternative fuel sources and fertilizer (100% bacteria-free). Fertilizer pellets are currently the main source of revenue. Isaac's company has grown quickly and they have begun to install large scale septic tank systems for schools. Their goal is to sell 2,000 toilet systems this year.
Reform Africa transforms plastic bags into upcycled ‘second chance’ tote bags. Reform Africa is giving a financial value to garbage. Each tote bag they produce removes 30 plastic bags from the environment.
When Faith was a child her neighborhood would flood due to clogged drainage channels. Her family spent countless nights draining water out of their home. Often creating a barrier for her to attend school. The problem of plastic bags is an issue everywhere. Reform Africa focuses on employing young people and women.
GoFree Uganda offers bicycle tours to both local and international tourists. Derrick is an avid cyclist with the goal of sharing his taste for adventure and the natural beauty of Uganda. Go Free embraces healthier lifestyles and a healthy environment. Derrick encourages an alternative to the traditional 'Land Rover' view of Uganda. It's true eco-tourism. He uses his expertise to prepare marginalized youth for job opportunities and entrepreneurship. They learn to fix bikes, customer services skills as well as office management. The most outstanding individuals are trained to become future Go Free Uganda tour guides. If you're on the tour you'll be making an impact at every stop. You will become a part of the Tree Planting Legacy, an initiative focused on restoring wildlife habitat. Tourists and staff alike plant trees in the communities and deforested areas they visit on their trip.
Heart to Heart is a child protection and family repair enterprise. Sarah is a well-known children’s rights activist and therapist who focuses on children and their care giver’s in addressing physical, emotional and sexual trauma.
Through training, therapy and consultancy services they provide emotional support to traumatized individuals. Heart to Heart's therapeutic business model was developed when Sarah realized counseling was not enough. Financial sustainability for families is a key component of success.
The company has incorporated elements of skills training so families can launch small scale local businesses. During this process Heart to Heart incorporates social skills building through positive peer-to-peer interaction, community development, and environmental impact projects.
Afriq briquettes aims to take a step toward clean, renewable energy. Gorret's briquettes are made from easily accessible materials; charcoal dust and loam soil (which work as starch and biomass). She was a stay at home mom struggling to get by in a single-income household.
‘I looked at my floor, covered in charcoal dust leftover from my cooking and I had no money to buy more charcoal. So, I thought I would experiment. She took the loam soil from the back of her house and mixed it with the charcoal dust. Gorret's briquette cooked as well as anything else and burned clean leaving no charcoal soot. Showing that her product has less carbon dioxide emission, a common health hazard seen in normal cooking practices. Afriq Briquettes has scaled from Gorret's kitchen to a large-scale factory. She encourages women to become energy entrepreneurs. Alongside running her new company, she trains women in extreme poverty and in refugee camps to make their own briquettes.
Dixon spent seven years working for children’s rights agencies rescuing, rehabilitating and reintegrating kids back into their communities. As they grew up they always came back to him looking for job opportunities. He built his company to bridge the gap between unemployment and unemployability for rehabilitated youth.
Sustainable Youth Development (SYD) empowers and equips young people with skills for self-sustainability. They are trained to make various environmentally friendly products or provide services such as hairdressing and tailoring. SYD then markets the products or services in exchange for a commission. SYDF visualizes a youth generation whose standards of living are improved socially, economically and conscientious of human rights.
KALULU JULIUS holds a Bachelor's in Commerce from Makerere University, devoted towards improving the livelihoods of the people in his home area. Realizing the massive production of coffee in Uganda, exploitation of farmers and low domestic consumption of the coffee, he established JKCC, a coffee processing venture that involves community farmers growing coffee and working with over 2661 member farmers in 13 districts. It provides access to sustainable markets, training, coffee tourism, and value addition through lobbying best markets both locally and internationally, training farmers modern methodologies, create visibility and traceability of coffee farms/farmers and roasting, processing/packing for value chains respectively thus generating more revenue for them. JKCC has impacted their affiliated groups (youth in coffee, women in coffee and elderly farmers) with over 13,000 beneficiaries producing 140, 000 bags and a monthly turnover of about 400 UGX (over $100, 000).
Uplifting the lives of underprivileged women through sustainable agricultural practice. Tusobola empowers single mother households to create better lives for themselves and their children through sustainable agricultural practices and the provision of chicken loans. Tusobola also provides free animal vaccinations and training on better animal welfare. In addition, Tusobola also buys the chickens back from the community which creates a reliable market for the farmers.
Home with every bite. Beruj offers customers vegetarian catering and advice on healthy diets. They also provide information on animal welfare
Save a life and the environment at once.ISHE promotes human health concerns and environmental conservation, particularly for the mountain gorillas, by building and selling fuel-efficient stoves.