Kuza Freezer
A pay as you go solar-powered freezer that aims to bridge the cold-chain gap for fish.
How does it work?
A cost-effective solution bridging the Mobility Gap for perisheable food harvest in remote/off-grid area. Its is solar powered Can carry up-to 150Kgs of load. The freezer runs 24hours when the battery is fully charged. Kuza Freezer extends the shelf-life of the fish harvest to over 30 days.
Why is it needed?
We were born and raised in Mombasa, Kenya where most people depend on fishing to earn a living. About 150,000 Kenyans make their living fishing in the East Africa coastal regions bordering the Indian Ocean. Collectively they harvest an estimated 187,000 tons of fresh seafood and an estimated one-third of the country’s post-harvest seafood is lost before it can be sold and safely consumed, due to lack of accessible centralized cold-storage facilities. Unfortunately, most small-scale fishers are unbanked and lack access to credit in order to invest in cold storage equipment. Additionally, many of the fishing-dependent communities are either off-grid or do not have access to reliable and affordable electricity to run such equipment.
How does it improve life?
Kuza Freezer solution enables the rural fishermen to effectively deal with the huge challenge of post-harvest losses by offering affordable and reliable cooling services. Although fishing is primarily male-dominated, the participation of women in secondary and tertiary levels of the fish value chain is remarkable. According to the Food and Agriculture Association (FAO) statistics, globally, women make up 47% of fisheries supply chain workers while in Africa, 60% of seafood is marketed by women. In Kenya, women are mainly involved in fish processing (commonly known as "mama karanga") and trade.