The Global Venture Social Competition is the most prestigious social business plans competition, organized by the Haas Business School at U.C. Berkeley.
Prakti Design had successfully presented its business plan at the French-speaking European semi-finals hel by the Essec Business School in Paris on February, 1st. Yesterday Suzanne presented it at the Europe, Middle-East, and Africa semi-finals held at the London Business School. Judges were impressed by both the business plan, the presentation, and the analysis of Prakti Design’s social impact. They selected Prakti for both the Blended Value Finals and the Social Impact Assessment one, to take place at U.C. Berkeley in early April.
Prakti Design is mentored by Magali Cubier (V.P Strategy at Orange), Gaetan Baudry (Project Manager at the Rotschild Foundations) and Nicolas Gaudron (Designer, CEO of id-sl) for the GSVC Competition. It is supported by Ecole des Mines de Paris where Suzanne is enrolled in a Master’s degree and the Essec Business School.
The World Food Program (WFP) in Haiti has ordered 400 additional Prakti Orka stoves for their school feeding program. There are 100 Prakti Orka stoves currently in use in both urban and rural schools in Haiti. Each stove feeds 150 children per meal. Once the 400 stoves are in place within the next few months, Prakti Orka stoves will feed 75,000 children per meal.
The Prakti Orka stove is a multi-fuel institutional stove, able to burn wood, charcoal (with an optional module) and locally made briquettes made from waste materials. The WFP school feeding program is using low-density, manually pressed briquettes as the primary fuel. This not only saves precious environmental resources (wood and charcoal) but provides costs savings as well. Pilot tests show that urban schools save the equivalent of U.S.$8.50 over the use of charcoal in traditional charcoal stoves and rural schools save the equivalent of U.S.$3.40 over the use of wood burned in traditional three-stone fires.
In December 2010, Dr. Mouhsine Serrar, founder and CEO of Prakti Design, traveled to Huye, Rwanda, as a consultant to an Aprovecho Research Center (ARC) team working with CARE Rwanda. Mouhsine’s objective was to train CARE Rwanda and other participants (including policy makers, stove project implementers and stove producers) involved in cook stove dissemination on improved stove design and the testing of improved cook stoves. Mouhsine shared with the participants design techniques he has worked with in many countries to make a simple to build, mud only, skirted stove that closely followed the design principles taught to the group. The building techniques in this design were also very easy to follow.
Prakti founder and CEO Dr Mouhsine Serrar was in Washington last week to attend the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI). Last year Prakti Design committed to creating an innovative and inclusive partnership to develop and distribute fuel-efficient and low polluting stoves in Haiti that would eliminate the use of charcoal as cooking fuel. These stoves would be scalable, and therefore impact a wide range of issues, including deforestation, health, poverty, global warming, and gender issues.
Prakti Design had been featured in Mr. Clinton’s keynote adress at CGI 2009, in which he underlined the tremendous social and environmental impact Prakti stoves will have in Haiti. To date Prakti stoves have been declared as best on the Haitian markets by third-party labs and implementers. Over 2,000 Leo Charcoal stoves and 100 Orka large-capacity stoves are currently being made by SkillMech for the World Food Program and the UN in Haiti. The Orka stoves run onrecycled briquettes made locally in Port-au-Prince and thus eliminate the need of charcoal as cooking fuel.