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    Date submitted
  • 29-Sep-2017

Extraction of banana fiber

Abstract

I am Rwandan. I grew up in Eastern province where there is huge plantation of banana trees which leaves abundant residues after harvest. Looking at those abundant resources in my neighborhood, I started thinking of how I can turn them into something of value. So I came up with an enterprise that produces fibers and turn them into sanitary pads.

Company’s mission: Keeping women productive and comfortable during menstruation period by providing them with healthy and affordable sanitary pads.

My enterprise is centered on these key components:

- Social responsiveness: The enterprise produces healthy pads which are more absorbent and chemicals free.

- Afford ability: Our products are produced locally, from locally sourced materials which make them more affordable on the market than other types of pads which are imported or produced from imported materials.

- Environmental protection: In the production of fibers, we use banana residues which would otherwise end up in landfills and turn them into other products of value. Thus reducing waste.

- Employment creation: My enterprise currently employs 8 people and given its high growth prospect, in the near future we will employ many more young people.

- Import substitution: By using locally produced sanitary pads and fibers, money is kept in the country and we reduce outflow of money/dollars importing things that we can produce ourselves. In the future we will instead export to other countries and bring dollars in our country.

- Health education: on my packages of sanitary pads are written information about the sex reproduction and families planning.

At the current stage, my company is focused on the production of sanitary pads but in the future we plan to expand our product portfolio and start producing papers and clothes to optimize the outputs of fibers.

Additional Questions

Who is your customer?

women and girls which can't afford imported sanitary pads. and also some one need to use the free chemical sanitary pads.

What problem does this idea/product solve or what market need does it serve?

according to the rural areas of Africans girls and women have the same problems of to can't access sanitary pads.that can be obstacle of to go to study and to work because there feel uncomfortable during menstruation periodic. 22% of women and girls in Africa missed out on work or school last year because they could not afford to buy menstrual pads. apart from personal injustice stemming from menstrual taboos and the larger issues of health and dignity,that's a potential GDP loss of $215 per woman every year in Africa -all because of lack of access to menstrual pads. it's bad business. so, i started i started to produce affordable sanitary pads from the bananas fiber as our local material ,banana fibers are extracted from the bananas stems residual. i produce 1250 packages of sanitary pads per month that enable 1250 girls and women no miss again on the school or worker because of lack sanitary pads and 15000 people know information about the sex education and planing familial via my package written. cost of production of my one pad package included 10 war rapes of pads are $0.5 my customs buy it on $0.75 .

What attributes will make this idea/product successful? Why do you believe that those features will create success?

- Social responsiveness: The enterprise produces healthy pads which are more absorbent and chemicals free. - Afford ability: Our products are produced locally, from locally sourced materials which make them more affordable on the market than other types of pads which are imported or produced from imported materials. - Environmental protection: In the production of fibers, we use banana residues which would otherwise end up in landfills and turn them into other products of value. Thus reducing waste.

Explain how you (your team) will execute to make this idea/product successful? What gives you (your team) an advantage over others already in the market or new to this market?

i have 8 employees 7 single mothers and one boy .so the women are happy to providing there materials for menstruation management.