Licking Soup Series 4

Happy New Year 2021 to everyone, my prayer for us is that the Lord will enlarge our coast and speedily bring some Ilabe our way by the advantage of the wind this year.

Big congratulations to my friend Nnaemeka C. Ikegwuonu, CEO of Coldhubs for making Nigeria proud for his award as 2020 Waislitz Global Citizen Disruptor Award on his work, which helps reduce hunger and food shortages for Nigerians.

Coldhubs installs 100% solar-powered walk-in cold storage rooms at Nigerian markets to help farmers and vendors cut down on spoilage, losses and increase profits.

Coldhubs currently serves 3,517 users and their 24 hubs have saved over 20,000 tonnes of food from spoilage, increased user income and created 48 new jobs for women.

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The Problem: In Nigeria, 45% of food spoils mainly due to lack of cold chain. Perishable food especially fresh fruits and vegetables start to deteriorate as soon as they are harvested because they are cut from their source of water and nutrition. They lose freshness, weight, texture, flavor, nutritional value and appeal hence affecting patronage. Cooling significantly slows down the rate of deterioration, thereby increasing the storage life of the produce.

The Solutions: Walk-in, Solar powered coldstores for 24/7 storage and preservation of perishable foods. It adequately addresses the problem of post-harvest losses in FFV (Fresh fruits and Veggies). This cold storage extends the freshness of FFVs from 2 days to 21days.

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The payment model is flexible pay-as-you-store subscription model. In preparation for storage, customers transfer their perishable foods into reusable crates, which fit neatly onto the shelves. Customers pay a daily flat fee for each crate of food stored.

The Social impact is huge and can be summarized below:

  • Reduce post-harvest losses; Increase local farmer’s income
  • Reduce food wastages
  • Create jobs for women
  • Great energy; Solar powered
  • Reduce malnutrition

The award will help “Coldhubs expand operations by building two additional FFVs coldhub stations, serving 200 customers, saving 3285 tons of food per annum, increase income of 200 customers and create 4 new jobs for Women” according to Nnaemeka

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Big ups! to Nnaemeka and his team

This pandemic also brought some soup (Opportunities), we just need to open our eyes to see!

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