Company Name:Anza Technologies
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State / Region:Mozambique
Social Impact:Anza Technologies 'upcycles' waste products into high-utility products for African farmers. To date, the company has sold hundreds of solar cookers and water sanitation products to over 2,500 villagers in Mozambique. These products have provided safe and clean drinking and potable water to hundreds of families and an improved cooking environment within households. Anza's new technologies, including a push cart, will focus on income generating products in addition to basic household products. Such technologies will in turn, offer consumers a lowcost way to increase incomes and improve livelihoods. Ultimately, the products are both beneficial to households as well as the environment since trash (e.g. plastic bags, low-cost automobile tires, etc.) is used to create the products.
Anza Technologies was founded in 2008 by Drew Durbin, a graduate of Brown University, who had an academic background in creating lifecycle changes to environmental problems and an interest in developing high-utility solutions for low-income farmers in East Africa. Anza began a pilot project in Mozambique in June 2009 selling solar cookers and water sanitation solutions. The company was able to fund its incorporation, research and development, and the start of its operations after entering the concept in various business plan competitions and acquiring seed funding. After soon finding that solar cookers were a difficult push both due to a long rainy season in Mozambique and customers still considering the cookers a luxury product, the company changed strategy. Having developed a push cart that can carry large loads of produce, firewood, and water, among other things, Anza has decided to focus on income generating products in addition to health improvement products. Though still in semi-pilot mode, the company hopes to distribute its products through the help of various private supply chain partners in rural areas. To keep costs of the products low, Durbin explains that the cart for instance, has an "Ikea" style design. More specifically, the carts will be transported in flat boxes and made easy-to-assemble so that consumers can purchase the product, easily transport it, and put it together themselves. The team is currently establishing a new office in Tanzania, which is geared toward its future growth. Anza is currently exploring various manufacturing options for the pushcart in Asia and Africa. Upon finalizing its manufacturer, the company hopes to begin mass production within six months to one year, and has a target of selling 100,000 carts within three years. Though it is currently primarily funded by grants and convertible debt, it hopes to raise equity funding soon after mass production begins.