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Imboni Projects

Imboni Projects

by jean_paul j.mukarukun | updated July 11, 2019

We want to provide access to primary and secondary data to the entrepreneurs involved in Agro-Processing industries. The data provided will be focusing on different areas of agriculture that entrepreneurs need especially when they are starting businesses

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Imboni Project is a team of three Rwandan who are championing to enhance the value of the access and availability of data in the agribusiness in Rwanda, East Africa and across Africa at large. We envision to help agri-preneurs take decisions and policies based on the concrete and actual data to stimulate their success.

April 10, 2019 at 3:09 AM
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1. Research:

When we were conducting our research, we were focusing on the following hypothesis:

  • In East Africa, agripreneurs faces a 20% annual loss due to inaccurate data which leads to poor decision making. 
  • Inefficiency and bureaucratic systems refrain agripreneur to collect data(Primary data)
  • 70% of agripreneurs do not have the experience in data analytics which leads to inefficiency in forecasting.

 

After thorough research on data access in Africa especially in East Africa, we found that it is difficult to get access to data in Africa as well as different institutions are likely to impose security on the data they have and other people like researchers, academician keeps their data on their laptops, books etc.

In the agriculture sector, which is the most leading economic sector in Africa, we found that there is limited access to accurate and reliable data relating to the weather, soil, harvest, market prices and many more. Interestingly, the young generation is on a rage in agribusiness but faces the problem of conducting the primary data to first understand the environment before making decisions and policies. Some rely on the secondary data that they find on the internet but you will find that those data are outdated.

April 10, 2019 at 7:49 AM
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To understand the problem, tried to answer the following questions

  1. What is the need?

African entrepreneurs especially those based in agriculture(Agribusiness) lack accurate and reliable data and information before starting their business which affects their success (including profit loss of up to 20% due to inaccurate policies and decisions made without data and concrete information to back.

2. Who is harmed?

Entrepreneurs involved in Agriculture, farmers and customers whose decisions and policies of the entrepreneurs are going to be taken for.

3. What are the causes?.

-Bureaucracies and difficulties in conducting extensive primary research: Many entrepreneurs find it hard to conduct primary research extensively at their start due to that it is expensive and time-consuming

-There is not an open data platform to offer the data service available.

-Some use data from sources which are not reliable or outdated.
-Some institutions and private sectors impose security on their data which make it difficult to access them.

 

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April 10, 2019 at 8:07 AM
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Name: Alice Uwase

Age: 23
Work: Ikirezi Natural Product
Family: Single, 3 siblings
Location: Musanze, Rwanda

BIO:

Alice is a young entrepreneur in Agro-processing who is based in Musanze, Rwanda. In 2018, when she was starting his business facing multiple challenges through her ideation and development which still affect her in decisions making. As a young entrepreneur with limited capital faced a challenge of getting primary data. She could take a week of travelling to the community and gather information or stay in her office waiting for a response from authorities on the requested information.


Later on, she decided to start but she had insufficient data which made her not understand her customers and the sector. Consequently, she encountered 100000 Rwf net loss.

With the advancement in digital and technology, she wishes to get an easy way to connect her to the data and build a relationship with her customers(Farmers).

April 18, 2019 at 10:27 AM
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So, after analyizing the our perfect user(the person)

We identified the following problem:

  1. At least 60% of Agro Processing entrepreneurs fail in their startup phase due to lack of Primary data.
  2. The bureaucratic  system require that Agro Processing enterprises spend  14 hours requesting primary data from Authorities.
  3. Agripreneurs spend high costs on transportation and communication when collecting the primary data on the field.

April 18, 2019 at 10:42 AM
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After understanding the problem, we came up with the following solution:

  1. Integrated web app that connected with USSD Codes.

  2. Daily information such as Harvest and price projections.

  3. 24/7 Desk support to track Agro-processing enterprises  

At the beginning, we will be providing data on the following areas

  1. HARVEST PROJECTIONS.

  2. PRICE PROJECTIONS

  3. MARKET TARGET PROJECTIONS

     

     

     

April 18, 2019 at 10:48 AM
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Our goals are:

  1. Connecting over 400 Agro Processing entrepreneurs. with their suppliers/Farmers daily through a Multi-cross platform.
  2. Become intermediary between Agro Processing entrepreneurs and the Government institutions, hence reducing 14 hours to a minimum of 2 hours to get primary data.

  3.  

    Save a minimum of 3000 Rwf that Agro Processing entrepreneurs spend in Primary data collection.

April 18, 2019 at 10:53 AM
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To carry on our project we need the following resources which are categorised in three categories:

HUMAN RESOURCES

  1. Data Scientists.
  2. Software Developer.
  3. Working office

FINANCIAL RESOURCES

  1. Seeding funding of $5000.

TECHNICAL RESOURCES

  1. Internet Bundles

  2. 4 Laptops

April 18, 2019 at 11:00 AM
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To achieve our success we will use the following techniques

ENTRY POLLS

  1. Personal information of that entrepreneur .
  2. What kind of data needed

  3. The gap which was there under lack of data

  4. Suggestion / comment / Question before getting datas.

EXIT POLLS

  1. This survey will be used to know satisfaction from entrepreneurs from data they will be received

April 18, 2019 at 11:05 AM
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We envision to achieve the following SDGs

1. No Poverty

2. Zero Hunger

8. Decent Work and Economic Growth

17. Partnership for the Goals

April 18, 2019 at 11:08 AM
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To achieve our success we will need support from the following organisations

  1. Rwanda Youth In Agriculture Forum
  2. Rwanda Agricultural Board
  3. Ministry of Agriculture
  4. One Acre Fund
  5. Food and Agriculture Organisation

 

April 18, 2019 at 11:15 AM
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April 18, 2019 at 11:18 AM
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