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Overview India is one of the most dynamic, large and rapidly growing economies in the world, rivalled only by China.  With a population of 1.3 billion people, India makes up approximately 17.5% of the world's population, while it's GDP ranks 6th in the world and 139th in the world per capita.  Some of the social issues that exist throughout India include water and sanitation, food security, access to education, access to medical advice, sustainable energy sources, safe methods of...

Andrew Vild
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Over the course of December 2018, the PEV fuel sustainability team has sought to develop PEV’s existing rocket stove project in Fiji to a sustainable business. The following document briefs the progress made across the month’s four major goals and provides some direction for future teams.   A significant achievement for PEV operations in Fiji was the obtaining of a business license. This allows us to engage in business to business relations across Fiji. The Buka 4.0 is still the primary...

Haziq Ahmed
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Haziq Ahmed

The Problem phase The post identifies some of the key problems and issues that Fuel Sustainability has identified surrounding cooking methods in both rural and urban Fijian residents.  The specific problems that the Buka Stove aims to alleviate in Fiji are expanded on below:   Smoke Emissions The emissions released during the burning of firewood have been linked to causing many diseases. Inefficient burning contributes to carbon emissions and releases excessive quantities of...

Haziq Ahmed
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Haziq Ahmed

Lean Phase: Customer segmentation   Assumption: Testing 6 assumptions with the same success metrics and experiment builds.   The preference for firewood as cooking fuels presents as the dominant motive for stove purchase to a segment of our customers. This segment of customers may be identified by the commonality of being from rural and coastal villages, predominantly female, Native Fijian populations and mothers. The preference for portability for everyday functionality...

Haziq Ahmed
by Haziq Ahmed
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Haziq Ahmed

Lean Phase: Solutions Assumption: Buka Stove 5.0 is more efficient than Buka Stove 4.0 and three stone fire Results: Link to previous post: https://projecteverest.crowdicity.com/post/771460 The 3-stone fire, Buka 4.0 and Buka 5.0 were trialled three times each where the temperature was measured every minute and the time when the water reached 100⁰C was recorded. For strength testing the 4.0 and 5.0 were loaded progressively until they exhibited notable bending. The 4.0 could...

Brian Hu
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Reference the Experiment Design Post [Proposed Experiment]: Fuel Fiji - December Goal 5 - Build 8 Different Customer Archetypes and Goal 6: Empathise with 25 Persons from Each Identified Archetype - December 2018 https://projecteverest.crowdicity.com/post/583303 Lean Phase: Empathy and Customer Segment     Assumption: That a range of Fijian residents want to buy our Buka Stoves, and that their needs, wants and pain points, and ultimately the value proposition of the Buka...

Haziq Ahmed
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Haziq Ahmed

Lean Phase: Supply Chain and Key Activities   Assumption: 1. That there are multiple customer segments in villages that we can target effectively in different ways, increasing the reach of our product,   2. That there is a customer segment that will be willing to buy the stoves from retail stores in urban town.   Time Box: 8 weeks   Key Metrics: 20 stoves sold by the end of summer through RB Patel, Homemakers and Shop 2 Save   Success Criteria Green...

Haziq Ahmed
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Haziq Ahmed

Lean Phase: Supply Chain and Key Activities   Assumption: 1. That there are multiple customer segments in villages that we can target effectively in different ways, increasing the reach of our product,   2. That there is a customer segment that will be present at the Village meeting for various villages and will likely buy the Buka Stove.   Time Box: 4 weeks (Village Meetings every Monday)   Key Metrics: Number of potential leads generated in comparison to the...

Haziq Ahmed
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Haziq Ahmed

Lean Phase: Supply Chain and Key Activities   Assumption: 1. That there are multiple customer segments in villages that we can target effectively in different ways, increasing the reach of our product,   2. That there is a customer segment that will get in contact with the respective village chiefs to express interest in buying a Buka Stove   Time Box: 4 weeks   Key Metrics: Number of potential leads generated in comparison to the households in the village...

Haziq Ahmed
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Haziq Ahmed

Lean Phase: Supply Chain and Key Activities   Assumption: 1. That there are multiple customer segments that we can target effectively in different ways, increasing the reach of our product,   2. That there is a customer segment that goes to Market Stalls in Sigatoka Town to buy Buka Stove   Time Box: 4 weeks (Market Stall every friday)   Key Metrics: Number of people interacted with Number of leads generated in relation to the number of people interacted...

Haziq Ahmed
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Haziq Ahmed

Lean Phase: Cost Structure, Revenue Assumption: That a customer segment exists in Fiji that is willing to pay $90 for Buka Stove 4.0 that is made professionally by an engineering company and incorporates the customer feedback.   Time Box: 4 weeks Key Metrics: Number of people willing to buy the stoves for $90 Number of stoves sold for $90   Success Criteria Green Light Point –  All stoves sold at $90 price point Green Light Proceed: Sign contracts with...

Haziq Ahmed
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Haziq Ahmed

Lean Phase: Solutions   Assumption: Buka Stove 5.0 is more efficient (see key metrics for efficiency) than Buka Stove 4.0 and three stone fire   Time Box: 1 week   Key Metrics: Time taken to boil 3 Ls of water Fuel required to boil 3 Ls of water (Fuel Consumption rate) Weight and Strength test   Success Criteria Green Light Point – 1) 15% more efficient (with respect to time and fuel consumption) than Buka Stove 4.0 and 50% more efficient than an open...

Haziq Ahmed
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Haziq Ahmed

Content: Lean Phase: Channel Testing Assumption: Bus and Carrier drivers from inland villages provide an effective means of marketing the product and collecting leads Time Period: 2 weeks   Success Metric: The conversion rate of leads and expression of interests.   Success Criteria: Green Light Point – Agents generate a 30% leads conversion Green Light Proceed:  Continue using the agents such as bus drivers and carriers that provide transport to inland...

Haziq Ahmed
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Haziq Ahmed

Lean Phase: Revenue Streams, Cost Structure, Solution   Assumption: The customers in Fiji are willing to pay more than $60 FJD for the Buka Stove 5.0   Results:   https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1xP4AXUYEmsREmNRIo0dWwuXEE5vVGtnMCecgjGyF6YE/edit#gid=0   During the experiment, a total of 30 responses were recorded, 25 of which were interacted with in Sigatoka town, 4 in Suva and 1 in Naroro Village. Those in Sigatoka town included residents of Sigatoka as well as...

Brian Hu
by Brian Hu
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Brian Hu

    Lean Phase: Revenue Streams, Cost Structure, Solution   Assumption: The customers in Fiji are willing to pay more than $60 FJD for the Buka Stoves 5.0   Time Box: It is estimated that these tests can be conducted intensively within 2 weeks, and then every time significant design changes occur or new distribution methods are explored.   Key Metrics The key metric to measure is willingness to pay the same or more for Buka Stove 5.0. This is done through price...

Haziq Ahmed
by Haziq Ahmed
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Haziq Ahmed

This month the fuel sustainability team in Fiji will be focusing on 4 main goals, testing and implementing a supply chain, prototyping and testing of the Buka Stove 5.0, continuing with the sales of Buka 4.0 and 5.0 and doing a detailed customer analysis to form customer archetypes for Fuel space in Fiji Implementing a viable supply chain capable of producing and distributing 100 stoves a month Procurement and Manufacturing Whilst the current use of refrigerant tanks to...

Haziq Ahmed
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Haziq Ahmed

This month, Social Consulting 1 is focusing on increasingly accessibility to microfinance. Our first goal is to understand the environment by undertaking a thorough competitive analysis of the microfinance space in Fiji and the South Pacific as a whole. Through this process we will identify what is effectively delivering value in this market and what pain points are not currently being addressed.   Our second goal is to build and test the viability of a proposed business model through...

Ineke Mann
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On the back of the HUGE strides of Rocket Stoves in Fiji, we are bringing Fuel Sustainability to Cambodia! We have a team of five multi-disciplinary engineering students and two engineering leaders who will be hustling hard throughout this first month. We plan to hit the ground running by standing on the shoulders of the giants in Fiji. The goals for this month are designed to assess and test the potential for a successful Buka Stove model in Cambodia. We plan to execute this with a keen...

Thomas de Heus
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Thomas de Heus

This is a rudimentary moonshot design for long run competition, which I have attempted to tailor to current solar-based micro-financing operations in Malawi. An issue associated with micro-finance is the inherently high interest rates. There is high default risk and monitoring costs are proportionally high. Whats more, we discovered today that there are already several institutions providing services in this market, which may make it difficult to scale effectively as a for profit,...

Kurt Michl
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The fuel team in Timor is super keen to start smashing goals throughout July, the goals are as follows; Assess feasibility of rocket stove: Seeing the success of the rocket stove in Fiji, has inspired the assessment of it here in Timor-Leste. Empathising with the community in both urban and rural areas is important in assessing its feasibility. It has been established that Timorese do use firewood as an alternative fuel source when cooking, but more research must be done and hopefully,...

Nikolaos Kappos
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This month fuel sustainability splits off into two teams to divide and conquer their goals. Fuel I will be primarily focusing on solidifying the supply chain and distribution channels and completing a country and worldwide competitor analysis. Whilst the current use of refrigerant tanks to design the stove has been fantastic for prototyping purposes, they limit the scale at which the stoves can be produced and aren’t feasible in the long term. This month we aim to find a way to mass...

Lucy Preiss
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Lucy Preiss

Goal 1: Manufacture 1 new prototype and conduct user tests with 10 customers Goal 2: Sell 10 Buka Stoves (3.0 model) Goal 3: Gain feedback and validate learning from existing customers Goal 4:  Build 2 new payment options for customers (in collaboration with SoCon)  Following the success of previous Fuel months, the project has been split into two teams. Fuel II will be focusing on a new prototype and sales, and the team has some massive goals to smash this month. One of the main...

Alexander Teicher
by Alexander Teicher
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Alexander Teicher

After the success over the summer and the autonomous operation of ERS in Dili with 5 customers between March and July with remote management, July will be critical in the progression of ERS as a business into the future.   The goal areas for the month are as follows:   1.  Sustain the current business - Iterating and adapting to any issues that arose since February with the business operation - Gaining customer feedback - Training new employees - Ensuring customer and...

Rose Gooding
by Rose Gooding
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Rose Gooding

The Problem One of the core challenges facing the microfinance industry is how to accurately and efficiently model credit scores - in other words,  how can we best predict the whether someone will pay back their loan?  This often comes down to: how much do you know about the consumer (read: what data do you have), and how accurate is this information in telling you about their ability and willingness to repay? Background In the developed world, banks (being the main sources of loans)...

William Lee
by William Lee
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William Lee

The following post is two different ideas, however are both about recycling. First Idea: In the idea ‘Recycling Education in Timor’ written by Jess, there was an offhand comment regarding ideas for recycling paper. In that post I suggested using paper for agriculture purposes, however have since thought of what I believe is a better idea that future teams could potentially investigate if ERS plans on recycling paper. Having spent the last month in Malawi, one thing I noticed is the...

Scott Jucius
by Scott Jucius
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Scott Jucius

February has been a massive month for Everest Recycling Solutions in Timor-Leste. This post will recap the highs and lows of our time in working in Dili. The major goal of the February team was to ensure that ERS could run independently between March and June, in the trusty hands of a local team. As it was, ERS employed a local truck driver, Amino, for two one hour shifts a week. Trekkers would accompany Amino throughout the run to direct him to each pickup location, and assist in...

Khoen Scott
by Khoen Scott
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Khoen Scott

Growing Up   Most people can relate to the age old expression “you’ve got potential”, it’s thrown around and never really considered. It’s something that more often than not goes in one ear and straight out the other. But it holds value, and it’s something everyone has whether they believe it or not. The frantic hustle bustle of life can take you away from your goals and ambitions but if you can acknowledge your future potential it provides a drive and passion unmatched by any form of...

Darcy Connaghan
by Darcy Connaghan
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Darcy Connaghan

Over the past week, the Cambodia ERS team have been hit with some massive roadblocks that have forced us to come to a complete standstill on our original monthly goals; so we pivot!   With four full days this week to test new ideas, the team is in the process of prototyping upcycling techniques for some of the most common waste found in Siem Reap. The three prototypes we have explored are: Making plastic string from plastic bottles. Reshaping and moulding plastic...

Samantha Orum
by Samantha Orum
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Samantha Orum

Timor ERS is all systems go at the moment, currently operating as a recyclables collection service for 10 hotels and restaurants within the Dili area with several promising EOIs lined up. While we are stoked with the ongoing progress of the collection service, one thing we are still working towards is finding a sustainable and feasible end-use for the collected plastic and glass (aluminium is easy as there are several metal recycling companies in Dili). We are still intending to export...

Rebecca Pink
by Rebecca Pink
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Rebecca Pink

In order to measure impact, benefits, detriments and possible improvements of the Rocket Stove 2.0, we intend to carry out an individual case study. Our Olosara neighbour, Mary, has already agreed to purchase a stove and collaborate with our team on her experience. We have prepared a list of questions regarding Mary’s demographic, daily life, current cooking methods and feedback on the Rocket stove. (See below). This information will allow us to ensure the stove is tailored to best suit the...

Jack Whaley
by Jack Whaley
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Jack Whaley

Fiji Fuel Sustainability has proposed testing the Rocket Stove at a level of high demand which will provide massive insight into the project’s durability and viability. There is significant expression of interest (54 families) regarding the Rocket Stove in the Korolevu Village, Inland Fiji. We plan to provide Korolevu with a goal of 5 stoves, of different sizes and materials. These prototypes will be constantly tested over a 3 month period. The trial’s purpose is to test our stoves at a...

Jack Whaley
by Jack Whaley
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Jack Whaley

I spent July in Fiji and with my team, developed a prototype firewood rocket stove. It was fascinating to see how a solution like this has so much potential to change the lives of the local Fijians we met, while being a relatively simple idea. After getting home, I found myself some free materials and with the help of my Dad, made my own Rocket Stove. We found a non-reusable gas cylinder and some scrap metal and angle grinded, riveted and welded pieces together following our Fijian design....

Mitchell Lew
by Mitchell Lew
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Mitchell Lew

Hi guys, Soni here, from the Malawi July 2017 agriculture and social consulting assessment team. I want to take the opportunity to share an idea looking specifically into micro financing and agriculture. First though, context! These past four weeks my team has worked to achieve our month long-goal to implement an experimental farm here in Blantyre, Malawi. We have successfully secured a one-acre parcel of land, through a partnership with the District Cabinet of Agriculture....

Soni Lawson
by Soni Lawson
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Soni Lawson

Summary The idea centres around addressing inefficiencies of financial markets in developing economies. It aims to reduce the information asymmetry present in credit markets by providing lenders access to financial information of the borrowers. The effect will be to reduce interest rates being charged to small businesses, and allow them to reap greater rewards from financing. It is about making rural credit markets more efficient, by making it more transparent. Current Issue with...

William Lee
by William Lee
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William Lee

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Haziq Ahmed

Adelaide, Australia

Joined this community on Dec 14, 2017

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UOA

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Engineering

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Fuel Assessment

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Timor-Lesté

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