XYZ For Good Pty Ltd

Surry Hills, NSW, Australia

  • Clean Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, Economic Opportunity

  • Cambodia | Fiji | Timor

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  • Business

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Executive Summary

Project Everest is an organisation committed to developing innovative and financially sustainable solutions to a range of issues in developing nations. One area of particular interest is access to clean drinking water in the small island nation of Timor Leste. In response to a lack of government funding and widespread failures in infrastructure that provides drinking water, Project Everest is developing a household atmospheric water generator. This device uses cooling machinery to condense liquid drinking water from the humid Timorese air using either mains or solar power. For the price of a mobile phone (~20USD), Timorese families will be able to have access to clean, off grid drinking water right in their homes. Project Everest is also working across Fiji, Cambodia and Malawi, harnessing design thinking methodology and exponential technologies in our solutions to combat issues such as food security, access to education, water sanitation and accessibility and struggling economies.

The Problem

Project Everest is dedicated to helping realise the Sustainable Development Goals as outlined by the United Nations, as the basis around businesses or ventures we are incubating. The Sustainable Development Goals that we are currently working on through all of our ventures are Goals 2: Zero Hunger, 6: Clean Water and Sanitation, 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth, 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities and 12: Responsible Consumption and Production. Currently, there are very little resources available within developing nations that are able to target the issues that we are aiming to assist with. When it comes to farming and education, there is a severe lack of education and a lack of knowledge available to farmers to learn about new and emerging practices and technology. Within Fiji alone, the local Ministry of Agriculture does not have the staff to be able to conduct and disseminate said information to farmers. Previous attempts made by developing nations such as Fiji, Timor Leste and Cambodia to amend such issues have been very minimal or are essentially ignored. Combatting security issues within Fiji, the Ministry of Agriculture has attempted to host field days to teach farmers new ideas, however these days are only for select farmers chosen by the Ministry. With goal 6, 'clean water and sanitation,' countries such as Timor Leste have not made any attempts to solve issues with clean water availability to local villagers, due to lack of knowledge and resources.

Proposed Solution

Our solution is to incubate businesses in these developing communities that harness exponential technologies to offer beneficial goods or services back to these economies. These businesses will contribute to realising one or more of the Sustainable Development Goals. Firstly, by empathising extensively with developing communities, we seek to define exactly what the issue is and exactly what is needed to respond to said issue. Secondly, we begin to ideate solutions, develop prototypes and test these in the field. We iterate on our findings and begin to establish the likelihood of a sustainable business model surrounding the proposed solution. Our current example is our Air to Water Generator, a device that uses cooling machinery to condense liquid drinking water from the humid Timorese air using either mains or solar power. This device was developed in response to research that demonstrates there is a lack of access to clean drinking water in Timorese households. We are currently iterating on the model and testing it across multiple areas in Timor, as well as looking into the feasibility of a business model and the minimum cost it can be sold for back to the community, while fitting in with local household budgets.

Evidence of Effectiveness

Previous research within developing nations has studied the current issues with agriculture, and the large need for agriculture to improve. [3] Looking at Agriculture specifically, main issues within the agriculture industry in Fiji actually reside with a broader issue of talent migration. Millennial are more reluctant to take up farming and their parents are hesitant for them to continue working within the agricultural industry, by suggesting they find work in urban areas or as a part of the tourism industry. This is clear as the majority of farmers interviewed by Project Everest in Fiji, were aged 35 or older. As a result, food security issues are apparent. This is clear in the disparity between imports and exports, whereby 80% of produce in supermarkets are imported, including fruit, vegetables and meat1. There is high competition for domestic producers, as their produce is of poorer grade therefore their income is relatively low. A similar trend is seen for exporters whereby a lack of specifications means that poor quality fruit and vegetables are sold internationally leading to a low competitive advantage. As a result, producers receive a lower price for their goods. [1] Maohua, Wang. "Possible Adoption Of Precision Agriculture For Developing Countries At The Threshold Of The New Millennium". Computers and Electronics in Agriculture 30.1 3 (2001): 45 50. Web. [2] Kwa, Aileen. "Agriculture In Developing Countries:". N.p., 2016. Web. 19 Aug. 2016. [3] Bryld, E. Agriculture and Human Values (2003) 20: 79. doi:10.1023/A:1022464607153

Previous Performance

Project Everest's capabilities have no bounds. What we have done so far as an organisation internationally with our technology platforms has been substantial. This has ranged from the development of prototypes for an atmospheric water generator, to the development of a farming consultancy app. Previously, we have ventured to developing nations and conducted interviews with locals, which have shown a great need for our solutions to a variety of issues, one, largely residing with the demand for knowledge and information. For example, personal communication in country during the month of July 2016 saw Project Everest interviewing farmers about the potential and the ability of a consultancy based system to help improve farms. Project Everest developed a in person consultancy system and tested this on two farms within the Sigatoka Valley of Fiji, where both the farmers that had exclaimed they were 'excited' that an organisation is out there and willing to help. At Project Everest, we have experts that can base their knowledge on the programs that assist in the development of our solutions. We have access to a wide source of knowledge such as academics from universities such as The University of Sydney; we have access to key resources such as Applied Horticultural Research and studies performed by ACIAR, and technologies such as IBM Watson; all in which, from these, we have the ability to ensure that success occurs for our technology solutions.

The Team

Team Purpose

Our purpose is to solve the worlds complex issues using enterprise. Our solution is to incubate businesses in developing economies that offer beneficial goods or services for sale back to these developing communities. These goods or services aim to combat issues around food security, access to education, water sanitation and accessibility and economic empowerment, in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. We employ design thinking methodology, exponential technology, basic business principals and methods of scale to ensure that the businesses we establish are financially viable, sustainable and can generate revenue on their own in the economy in which they are developed. Project Everest highlights the importance of empathy in its business designs, to ensure community needs are met. The idea of using business enables removal of external funding in the long term, providing sustainability and the ability to widely scale a community tested solution.

Team Structure

XYZ For Good Pty Ltd trading as Project Everest, consists of five shareholders and directors, as well 11 staff both in full and part time capacities. Each role is crucial to the management and execution of our current business model. Currently, we supplement our revenue stream by selling training in social entrepreneurship and leadership to tertiary students, enabling us to accelerate the incubation of our overseas ventures. Student teams are multi disciplinary, offering differing insights on how we can best offer a beneficial solution to the communities we work in. Our team is currently split into Research & Development, Relationships & Recruitment, Operations and Marketing. Relationships & Recruitment is currently our largest sector, given our need to drive revenue in order to support our Research & Development overseas. We are looking to increase the capacity of the latter exponentially in the near future, the main way we would seek to spend funding. Our Research & Development team are focused on developing our technology based solutions, such as the Air to Water Generator, our Project FarmEd Cognitive Computing Platform and our research into open source software regarding waste management (small machines that recycle plastic on the spot).