31 Aug

31 August 2018

Africa Sustainability Challenge Top 10

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In April 2018, AB InBev globally launched their five Sustainability Goals to make a significant impact on the industry, the economy, and the environement by 2025. Through these goals, they aim to actively contribute towards developing a better world.

During May and June 2018, social entrepreneurs in Africa were challenged to present their businesses to SAB Entrepreneurship and showcase how their innovation could help create a better world where sustainability is king. These are the five challenges:

  • Smart Agriculture challenge
  • Water Stewardship challenge
  • Climate Action challenge
  • Circular Packaging challenge
  • Entrepreneurship challenge

About the Sustainability Challenge

The AB InBev Africa Sustainability Challenge was the first of its kind for the collective Africa Zone. It is also the first of the entrepreneurship programmes to align with the Global Sustainability Goals.

Through the challenge, they aimed to attract and collaborate with Africa’s top minds to unearth solutions to what impacts AB InBev as a business, and as a continent as a whole.
The challenge took the form of open-innovation and open-sourcing solutions from over thirteen Africa Zone markets. Followed by regional information hubs and workshops, final pitches led to awarding the best of the best from the continent. From here the top participants will be afforded an opportunity to visit the Silicone Savannnah, followed by a green seed funding which will be based on needs to scale their enterprises.

Below are the top 10 people within each category/challenge. A big congratulations to each of these visionaries who have dedicated their time, money, and energy pursuing their passion for sustainability, business and shared-growth.

Water Stewardship Challenge

Murendeni Mafumo
South Africa

Andre Nel
South Africa

Giacomo Gentili
CC: tayeb.jibutanzania@gmail.com

Murendeni is the founder of Kusini water and has developed a low-cost, off-grid water purification device that uses locally sourced macadamia nut shells and nao-fibres to purify water from source at any point of use. Andre founded Eco-V, which manufacture containerised Blue-GreenTower Microgrids+D3 that provide affordable electricity, hot water, recycled greywater and treated borehole water from renewables monitored & managed over the internet by software. Jibu creates affordable access to drinking water through 60 - 100 franchised water production sites across Tanzania by having a water purification & refill centre serving a catchment area of 75,000 people with an associated network of local micro-resellers within an area of 2km radius.

Smart Agriculture Challenge

Michris Janse Van Rensburg
South Africa

Brian Bosire

Mulweli Rebelo

Michris is the founder of BackSaver, which is farming equipment developmed for small scale farmers. This equipment assists in improving crop production for small-scale farmers. This is by viretue of the creation of hand-held equipment which can do more, therefore helping the farmer ease up on his manual effort. Brian is the founder of UjuziKilimo, which helps rural smallholder farmers improve farm productivity through better access to resources, technologies and markets. They have built Africa's first fully integrated wireless soil sensors and software platform to collect and analyse millions of data sets to inform the agriculture industry and help farmers make efficient decisions. Mulweli is the CEO of GuanoMoz.
A company that focuses on the production of organic fertilisers using local waste products found in the rural areas, coupled with bat guano as a strengthner. Bat Guano is a very effective organic fertiliser found in caves. Mozambique has reserves of around 700,000 tons of Guano. Organic fertilisers are used to increase fertibility of the land, and could be used by the cassava producers to improve yields and produce better quality cassava, and therefore a tastier beer.ake efficient decisions.

Circular Packaging Challenge

Kevin Mureithi Maina

Eco Tiles is a business that recycles plastic and glass waste that is currently choking and polluting urban spaces in to cheaper alternative building materials such as roofing tiles for housing consumers in Kenya, and in the process they are creating meaningful jobs to young informal waste pickers.

Climate Action Challenge

Mwila Lwando

Benny Molala
South Africa

Sebastio Coana

Mwila recycles waste water while all the organic matter from the waste water goes into a second chamber(digester) which works on the organic matter producing biogas this biogas is in turn used for heating. In our case, the technology stands to reduce the amount of fresh water usage in the production of alcohol while all the spent grain is further digested to create biogas which is used to substitute the amount of coal in the beer production process. MFC technology will reduce the energy demand pressure on the transmission grid and reduce the level of dependency on the grid by municipalities. This is done using electrochemical devices that convert chemical energy contained in organic and inorganic matter into electricity by means of the catalytic (metabolic) activity of living anaerobic microorganisms. Sebastio creates eco charcoal, locally know as eco carváo is a eco friendly cooking charcoal briquettes made with waste biomass and dead coconut trees. They have an inclusive supply chain, and employ mostly women to help local girls secure income source.