NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 27 – Sistema.Bio Commercial Director Cedrick Todwell has been nominated for 100 Tropics Changemakers 2018 Award for championing the use of renewable bio energy in Africa.
The award, which will be presented at the Tropics Gala Dinner in Johannesburg, South Africa on October 20, brings together more than 150 global business leaders, young innovators, political figures and economic decision-makers to encourage quality leadership in various economic sectors in the continent.
While expressing excitement at the nomination, Todwell noted that the over-reliance on fossil fuels has turned the attention to renewable energy which is affordable and more economical.
He hopes to be among the top 12 finalists as he strives to enable more low- income communities access affordable energy solutions in their households.
He added that the biodigesters provided by Sistema have added value to farmers’ ecosystem by providing bio waste management solutions to create clean and safe energy. The company also sells larger units that are being used to generate electricity.
“The cost of energy is high in Kenya, which leaves off-grid households in the dark. On the macroscale, this slows down the country’s economic progress. To improve the affordability of the biodigester, Sistema.bio provides interest-free payment plans to farmers. This innovative approach increases access by smallholder farmers while keeping the monthly payments similar to what they would ordinarily spend on firewood, charcoal and LP Gas,” said Todwell.
“The technology also provides added value to the farmers as they can now cook without smoke, avoid pulmonary diseases, increase the productivity in their farms with organic fertilizer, realize an adequate return on investment and save money and time.”
Sistema.bio has been able to supply more than 1,000 hybrid reactor biodigesters to farmers between 2017-2018, giving access to clean cooking energy to thousands of consumers in Meru, Kiambu and Kericho counties. Todwell leveraged his expertise to make Sistema.bio profitable in Kenya Uganda and Zambia in the Energy, Agriculture and Sanitation portfolios by implementing strategies such as franchising and engage dairy cooperatives.
Besides bringing one of the most innovative biodigestion technologies to Kenya, Sistema.bio also provides farmers with a proven service program, interest free financing, pre and post sales services and long-term technical assistance.
This has guaranteed an extremely high customer satisfaction level on Sistema.bio products and services both in Kenya and in the 8 countries around world where Sistema.bio has operations.