Our project team has commissioned the first two pilot projects in Uganda from the end of May to mid-July. Also we have founded a local joint venture with our partners: Wamala Energy Co. Ltd.
We had a lot of impact there and collected a number of impressions. Since Fabian had already been in Uganda once in October 2017, he could see that a lot has happened in the African country over the last two years. In the meantime, for example, the Entebbe-Kampala Expressway – a four-lane motorway that connects Entebbe International Airport with the Ugandan capital Kampala – has been built.
In the last month and a half, Fabian and Sebastian got to know many open-minded people and were able to get a good picture of the current situation in Uganda. What caught the eye were the many children. In 2016 every woman in Uganda had five to six children on average. With an average age of about 15 years, Uganda is the country with the youngest population worldwide. Such a country needs primarily perspectives and opportunities.
New opportunities for dairy farmers
We have successfully implemented our MyDairy at two locations in Uganda. This allows dairy farmers to generate up to 40% additional income. Normally, the cows are milked in the morning and the milk is immediately transported to a collection station. As most farmers live far away from the collection points, the delivery of milk in the evening is not an option. MyDairy creates a cold chain that allows dairy farmers to milk in the evening and deliver the milk together with the morning milk to the collection point the next day. For the collection points, the increased delivery volume also has a positive effect, as the capacities are better utilised. This means that our system benefits all those involved in the value chain. In addition, MyDairy offers our partners light and electrification with two lamps and USB slots.
Foundation of the WE Company
Together with our partners Benard Mbane, Benard Sembatya and Eric Young we have founded the company Wamala Energy Co. Ltd. (WE Company) in Uganda to operate the rental of agricultural ice production and electrification systems. With these systems, farmers can increase their productivity through an effective cold chain and be electrified at the same time. We are pursuing our goal of strengthening Uganda’s rural areas with innovations. Fabian and Sebastian have spent a lot of time in the Ugandan capital Kampala and found that the city could soon reach its limits. The active support of the growth of smaller cities in different regions of Uganda is important for the development of the “youngest country in the world”.
During our time in Africa we could help “only” a handful of people, but we know that we are not alone. We look forward to future projects with the WE Company and will continue to work on win-win-win situations. There is still much to do to make the world of tomorrow a more beautiful place.