Updated Mar 29, 2019

Zero-Carbon Food Carts For Underprivileged Afghan Women

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Farhad Wajdi

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An innovative and pioneering social business initiative having potential to achieve 7 SDGs simultaneously and in a sustainable manner in the world's most unfavorable place.

The project aims to achieve 7 SDGs through social innovation in a sustainable manner. Also, being based on a social business model, the initiative will continue to grow in other parts of Afghanistan. Leading sustainable change and inspiring people to adopt eco-friendly lifestyle. Most interestingly, as a payback for the investments we make in each cart, the beneficiaries will be obliged to pay ...
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The project aims to achieve 7 SDGs through social innovation in a sustainable manner. Also, being based on a social business model, the initiative will continue to grow in other parts of Afghanistan. Leading sustainable change and inspiring people to adopt eco-friendly lifestyle. Most interestingly, as a payback for the investments we make in each cart, the beneficiaries will be obliged to pay the same amount back with one thousand dollars profit in order to claim for the ownership of the cart. By this way we can scale up the project in other conservative societies of Afghanistan. The most interesting part of the project is raising sustainable awareness about climate change in illiterate areas were people burn tires and unprocessed coal and fossil to heat up their homes. According to latest statistics , air pollution in Kabul kills more people than war. We carried out a survey consisting a total number of 300 people in the outskirts of Kabul, and it was astonishing to know that only 20 people knew what climate change is and what are its effects on the environment. So, the most innovative part of the project is to inspire people to know more about Climate Change through a beautifully designed Solar and wind powered food cart. This will ignite the interest of people to interact with women food cart vendors and to know more about the Climate change through specially designed food wrappers. The initiative will remove gender gap and will enable women to do businesses peacefully.
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Stage 2: Research & Development

We have recently won a grant of 100 K $ from UNDP /SGP/GEF to build 35 Zero-Carbon food carts for Afghan women. We are now in the development stage of the prototype of the carts and we intend to deliver best results for the UNDP's contribution

Focus Areas:

Economic Empowerment, Enabling Environment, Social and Behavior Change and 4 MoreSEE ALL

Economic Empowerment, Enabling Environment, Social and Behavior Change, Entrepreneurship, Social & Micro Finance, Solar and Climate Change and ResilienceSEE LESS

Implemented In:

Afghanistan

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Country Implemented In
1,400
Customers
15
Employees
$100,000
Funds Raised to Date

Problem

Afghan women are stigmatized for doing any type of job or business which requires interaction with men. When we built food carts for women, we found that it was hard for women to move the food carts alone. Unfortunately, men too didn't help the women to move the carts as it was considered a shameful act for them. In addition, since a big fraction of Afghan population is illiterate many people don't know what climate change is and how they can mitigate threats coming from climate change.

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Solution

to eradicate social stigma attached to working women and to lead sustainable change, we involved women into a male-driven profession of Serving the street food . In addition, we made the project innovative to raise funds for the initiative. So, we came up with an idea of moving the food carts with the help of Solar energy. & we proposed to serve the street food in specially designed food wrappers that will contain symbols and pictures to raise awareness about climate change.

Target Beneficiaries

we will inform People who have no idea what Climate Change Is and will inspire them to start living in an eco-friendly manner. Youth ! and to inspire them to take collective steps to promote renewable energy concepts in less-educated areas women ! and to enable them to lead sustainable change and empower their fellow Afghan women through innovative technological initiatives.

Mission and Vision

I envision to see Afghanistan a country free from poverty, gender inequality, gender-based discrimination, and violence against women. And my mission is to lead sustainable change through social businesses and to eradicate the decades long stereotypes about Afghan women, create sustainable livelihood for the impoverished women, inspire people to take collective action to protect environment, and to make an enabling environment for women to do businesses fearlessly and peacefully.

Competitive Advantage

it is a first of its kind initiative in Afghanistan. Being innovative, sustainable, and scalable we were able to secure a Grant from UNDP/SGP GEF in a competition of 140 NGOs. Also, we could raise funds from other organizations to make the project take a great start from the beginning. We also received tax exemption letters from the kabul municipality as an encouragement for other women to start doing social businesses and participate actively and equally in the economic development of the country. Also, USAID has shown interest to consider the project for future funding opportunities. The first lady of Afghanistan has liked the initiative and she has promised to include the project in the upcoming national women economic empowerment fund. Also, there are other Donor agencies such as UNWomen, UNFAO, UKAID has shown interest to upscale the project by investing in different fields such as building the capacity of our team, connecting us with potential partners, distributors & Suppliers

Planned Goals and Milestones

we want to partner with Renewable Energy companies to design more technologically advanced Food carts for women and I have already made networks with people from Nigeria, Jordan and Pakistan during my trip to the Netherlands to replicate the same model there. My goal is to make this initiative as a global social business brand and start operating in different countries with a mission to uplift marginalized women and lead sustainable change through Zero-Carbon food carts initiative
Funding Goal100,000
Projected Cumulative Lives Impacted5,040,000
New Implemented CountriesNigeria, Jordan, Pakistan
Recruit3 Board, 7 Management, 5 volunteers

The Team Behind the Innovation

Dr.Habibullah - Phd in Change Management at University of Massachusetts - 20 years plus experience working with UNICEF, UNESCO, World Bank and USAID - Board member Nahid Alifi- Masters in Public Policy - 15 years plus experiences with US Embassy Funded Projects - Board Member Farhad Wajdi - Bachelors of Business Administration, young leader with 8 years of entrepreneurial experience - Executive Director Naveedullah Wardak - ACCA Member - Finance Manager Saifiullah Khan - Project Manager

EXECUTIVE TEAM INCLUDES WOMEN AND YOUTH

Milestone

Mar 2019
Recognition ReceivedPENDING
Date Unknown
New Country Implemented In
Afghanistan

Supporting Materials

Zero-Carbon-Food-carts-F.pdf