About the Project

Situation

Uganda is a landlocked country in Eastern Africa which is dominated by tropical climate throughout the whole year. In Uganda 19% of the native population lives below the poverty line of $1.25 per day and workplaces able to provide sufficient income are simply lacking. Most Ugandans work in subsistence agriculture. 80% of Uganda’s residents are engaged in farming which with over 50% represents the main source of income of the country. Yet the absence of knowledge of an efficient and environment-friendly use of fertilizer leads to diminishing returns and environmental damage in the long run, as the soil degrades.

Our Project

Terra Preta is an extremely nutrient-rich soil which can be produced through a highly efficient composting process. The process incorporates biological waste with plant slurry and bio charcoal, resulting in highly nutritious soil. The introduction of Terra Preta will be a considerable contribution to environmental conservation as it can reduce the quantity of chemical fertilizers. It also serves the environment by absorbing CO2 and methane. The Terra Preta method improves soil quality and therefore leads to significantly higher fertility and profits. The required biological waste can be found in Ugandan’s everyday life. This organic waste can then be transformed into our three raw materials by processing it in different ways.

In addition, our project will provide jobs for the local residents so knowledge and skills about the process can be passed along. We see potential customers for the fertile soil in the wealthy population of Kampala and its surrounding areas. By selling them our product we intend to provide sustainable funds for our project. These earnings will be spent to offer workshops with the goal of making native, urban farmers familiar with Terra Preta production so they would be able to increase and improve their harvest. Thereby, we strive to help stabilize local livelihood situation and support the protection of the environment.

Current Status

We have already been able to attract several partners for our project. Our project will take place at the “Gudie Leisure Farm” near Kampala, being our main local partner. Furthermore, we cooperate with the “Hochschule für Forstwirtscha Rottenburg”, a university where Prof. Dr. Jens Poetsch and Marco Stett are doing research on the best recipe for Terra Preta regarding the conditions in Uganda. Additionally, the BUND Niedersachsen is providing our project with the most recent information about Terra Preta. Germany’s most sustainable company Neudorff and ECOstyle are supporting us financially and with their expertise. Both offer innovative solutions within the field of sustainable agriculture.

Next Steps

In January 2017 we are going to fly to Uganda in order to adapt and implement our plan locally. We want to use this time to hire a worker who is to be introduced to the composting process by our professional Marco Stett, so Terra Preta production can begin during our stay. Moreover, we are going to start establishing a distribution network in Kampala. Before production can start we need to make several investments in tools, equipment and materials. To cover these launching costs we are looking for sponsors and investors who wish to support our project.

If you want to support our project visit betterplace.org.

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September 2016

Project Start

January 2017

First trip to Uganda

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April 2017

Second Trip to Uganda

April 2017

Production of ReSoil begins

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May 2017

Start of product sales

May 2017

First community reached

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June 2017

3 more communities reached

January 2018

Third Trip to Uganda

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ReSoil is a project of Enactus Mannheim e.V.. With about 100 members we execute 12 projects right now to give people in need a new economic perspective.        In short, we tackle societal challenges with entrepreneurial spirit.

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