12,000 farmers empowered through biofuels
It was a privilege as the Board secretary to represent our Bio fuels Association of Zambia member @GroAfrica as who were awarded a certificate for their work with cassava farmers by her excellency the vice President Madam Inonge Wina at the launch of the largest commercial ethanol production plant in the country at Zhongkai International, Chibombo District. Through this effort, the government will empower over 100,000 cassava farmers who will have a ready 6000 tons per year market for their crops. Some of the expected products include bioethanol which can substitute or supplement petrol fuel in cars.
Soap production feasibilty
A recent visit on the 8th of April 2019 from some Master degree students from the Imperial College of Business in London, resulted in the development of a feasibility study to take the soap production of the business to the next level.
Tapa Chinkondia Natural soap will be stocked in local stores nation wide within 6 months.
A sneak peak video into how we operate at Tapera, courtesy of Vodafone JUMP Zambia
The goal is to reduce the rate of deforestation while maintain easy access to cooking fuel. Glad to say that we accomplished both over the long weekend in rural Zambia by training over 30 youth and women participants in turning agro waste into charcoal briquettes, as well as providing them all the tools necessary to go into production
BBC Interview on The entrepreneurs innovating against the odds in Zambia
27 May 2016 Last updated at 14:17 BST
Zambia is one of Africa's largest producers of copper but with global prices down, the economy has suffered a huge knock: Some mines are closing, the currency is weaker and the cost of living has gone up.
Big industry is reeling from the shocks and small business is shouldering a lot of the burden, too. But surprisingly, some entrepreneurs in the capital city of Lusaka are showing a great deal of resilience.
Africa needs more global trade and less of Dead Aid!...
Tapera CEO was invited to Vallendar in Germany to share his experience on how he create a positive social impact through the for profit organisation which is Tapera
CNN interview: Could this startup help prevent future fuel crises in Africa?
In Zambia's capital Lusaka, Mutoba Ngoma saw a need for action -- and with his extensive background in aeronautical engineering, the shrewd businessman decided to do something about it.
With growing demand for cheaper and consistent fuel alternative, we pursued the option of processing non edible vegetable oils into biodiesel fuel. The indigenous plant we opted for is jatropha curcas plant, for its non edible vegetable oil and the potential to use the seed cake as livestock fodder.
The first step in this phase is to work with thousands of small scale farmers who have established jatropha curcas fields and hedges. Jatropha curcas is a shrub that grows up to 3 metres tall.
In Zambia it grows naturally as a wild tree, and each tree can bears up to 3.5 kilograms of oil bearing seed per year, based on rain fed irrigation only. for a small consumption base like Zambia, we would require only 100,000 SSF out of the ZNFU registered 500,000 SSF to each cultivated 1000 trees as natural barrier hedges for their fields to prevent wildlife from destroying their crops.