Links to HDIF/NM-AIST Gongali Nanofilter Quarterly Reports:Click here to see all REPORTS
UPDATES - Nov. 2018
Highlights: Nanofilter Project - Tenth Quarter: Aug - Oct.20181. From Sept 2018: We moved to a new office - owned by the inventor of Nanofilter, Dr. Hilonga 2. Nanofilter is selected to represent Tanzania in WHO Global Competition for: "United Arab Emirates Health Foundation Prize" - The selection was done by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare 3. Collaborations established with 3 new partners: 2 from Germany, 1 Netherlands 4. 85 Kiosks built; 62 Operating; 19 not operating / construction at last stages; 4 damaged 5. Nanofilter Kiosks beneficiaries: 21,217 (15,155 men/ 6,062 women); Other beneficiaries are through direct sale of filters to 60 institutions and 400 households (no. of people NOT established) 6. Through the Nanofilter Kiosks the project has created 62 employments for young ladies / 19 are in the waiting list; 122 other self-employed people / local entrepreneurs, welders, guards, etc. 7. The inventor of Nanofilter, Dr. Hilonga is shortlisted for GBP 300k FLAIR Program....from April 2019
Highlights: Nanofilter Project - Ninth Quarter: June - Aug.20181. Contract signed with the first foreign Franchisee in Kenya - Savemod Earth Link 2. 60 Kiosks built; 48 Operating; 12 suspended for poor performance during just ending cold season 3. Nanofilter Kiosks beneficiaries: 19,380 (13,692 men/ 5,688 women); Other beneficiaries are through direct sale of filters to 51 institutions and 363 households self-employed people / local entrepreneurs, welders, artists/designers, guards, etc. 4. Through the Nanofilter Kiosks the project has created 60 employments for young ladies / 12 are in the waiting list; 120 other self-employed people / local entrepreneurs, welders, guards, etc. 5. The cold season is ending now - Highest Revenue was collected in this quarter: Tsh.18,075,100 6. Hilonga meets Prince Andrew, again - submitted structural and architectural drawings for the Inspire and Empower Enterprise Training Centre - early phase of contraction is on-going in Arusha
UPDATES - May 2018
Highlights: Nanofilter Project - Eighth Quarter: Feb - May.20181. 50 Kiosks built; 41 Operating; 9 soon to open; Funds for the next 40 stations is received from HDIF 2. Nanofilter Kiosks beneficiaries: 23,022 (15,749 men/7,273 women); Other beneficiaries are through direct sale of filters to 49 institutions and 350 households 3. Through the Nanofilter Kiosks the project has created 41 employments for young ladies / 20 are waiting to be employed as soon as the Kiosks are established. Also there are around 115 other self-employed people / local entrepreneurs, welders, artists/designers, guards, etc. 4. Tetra-Nanofilter business is gaining momentum 1 more unit is sold to Enkikaret School (in Maasai Land - Longido) - Highly promoted by E3Empower /iTEC/ PHILOS/WellSpring Filters Tetra-Nanofilter installed at Enkikaret School - benefits 450 pupils, teachers and surrounding community: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1007aTyfA4
Highlights: Nanofilter Project - Seventh Quarter: Nov.2017 - Jan.20181. 50 Kiosks built; 35 Operating; 15 will be installed to the sites within 3 weeks; Received Gov. support 2. Nanofilter Kiosks beneficiaries: 14,866 (9,686 men/5,180 women); Direct sales: 370 Nanofilter units 3. Through the Nanofilter Kiosks the project has created 35 employments for young ladies / 15 are doing internship, waiting to be employed as soon as the Kiosks are established. Also there are around 160 other self-employed people / local entrepreneurs, welders, artists/designers, etc. 4. A-Z Textile Mills has refined the prototype of the new design for Nanofilter containers 5. Nanofilter Innovation was well featured at the NM-AIST 4th Graduation - ENJOY the photos 6. Comprehensive Annual Business Review for the Nanofilter Project - by Prof. Moonsor from HDIF 7. Tetra-Nanofilter developed: 1 unit already sold@Tsh.2m (~$900) to a school in Kilimanjaro; Have several orders from schools - Highly promoted by E3Empower /iTEC/ PHILOS/WellSpring Filters We are glad that our partnership with U.S and Korean Companies, E3Empower, iTEC, and PHILOS is getting stronger and stronger. PHILOS is the manufacturer of the membrane filters that are used in Nanofilter, branded as WellSpring Filter. This quarter PHILOS, iTEC, and E3Empower officials have visited Gongali Model in Njiro Arusha (consider the above photo) and have promised to facilitate the scale-up of Nanofilter Project. For example, by finding customers for Tetra-Nanofilter (the big Nanofilter), discount price for membrane filter, and overall partnership for win-win. Moreover, we have developed a Double-Nanofilter (with a filtration rate of 20 litres per hour - Single-Nanofilter has a rate of 10 Litres per hour) and the Tetra-Nanofilter (with a filtration rate of 40 litres per hour) - Suitable for Schools and big institutions. The Tetra-Nanofilter is relatively advanced because it has its own regulating valves - thus it can be used manually or connected directly to a water source and refills automatically as the water levels resides. It is already in the market - the first unit is sold at Tsh.2,000,000 (~$900) to a school in Kilimanjaro Region; Have several orders from schools and companies like E3Empower. This initiative is highly encouraged by iTEC at NM-AIST and PHILOS (Korean Company), a company that fabricate membrane filters (WellSpring Filters) that are used in Nanofilter. PHILOS is willing to re-consider the price of membrane filters (WellSpring Filters) to cut down the overall price of Nanofilter; to make it affordable even to the poorest of the poor in rural Africa.
UPDATES - Nov 2017
Highlights: Nanofilter Project - Sixth Quarter: Aug - Oct.20171. The business model is successfully changed - 17 Water Kiosks established; paying well 2. 37 Active water stations run by local entrepreneurs are allowed to continue with operation; the rest are not active 3. Nanofilter beneficiaries: 11,641 (7,506 men and 4,135 women); Direct sales: 276 Nanofilter units 4. The project has created and maintained employment to 118 women and 52 men (for Y2, Q2) - including the remaining local entrepreneurs 5. A-Z Textile Mills has released the second prototype of the new design for Nanofilter containers 6. 4 Students from Institute of Accountancy Arusha (IAA) have successfully completed their internship 7. Comprehensive Nanofilter Project Logframe is now developed - THANKS to Baltazar from HDIF 8. Young ladies (women) have turned-out to be the best in operating the water stations
UPDATES - Aug 2017DONATION TO UNDER-SERVED / NEEDY HOUSEHOLDS (The donors found our stories on media/internet) Due to the influence of France National TV Click here, Mr. Chantal, Beatrice, Jennifer and several other people from France donated Nanofilter to some Tanzanian families, as shown in this typical example on the photo and a video on Youtube.
Highlights: Nanofilter Project - Fifth Quarter: May-Aug.20171. HDIF Official conducted expenditure verification - was impressed by our good financial records 2. Proposed change of business model - From Local entrepreneurs-run water stations to Gongali Model Company-run water stations (grants to be released in Y2, Q2; From Aug 2017) 3. Progress on establishment of pilot water stations under the proposed business model - 6 pilots 4. 65 Active water stations run by local entrepreneurs are allowed to continue with operation; the rest are not active; Direct sale of Nanofilter have reached 258; Impacting about 12,500 people 5. A-Z Textile Mills is about to release the second prototype of the new design for Nanofilter containers
UPDATES - May 2017
Highlights: Nanofilter Project - Fourth Quarter: Feb.2017-April.20171. Proposed change of business model - From Local entrepreneurs-run water stations to Gongali Model Company-run water stations (detailed in 14 pages comprehensive report - attached) 2. Establishment of 3 pilot water stations under the proposed business model for the Year Two 3. 92 Active water stations run by local entrepreneurs are allowed to continue with operation; 14 graduated from stations to direct sale; 117 are not active; and 5 are run by Gongali company; Direct sale 238; Total impact on jobs created 250; and overall beneficiaries are 12,000 people every day 4. A-Z Textile Mills has released the first prototype of the new design for Nanofilter containers 5. Nanofilter appeared again on local and global media - go viral with us! 6. Expansion to Kenya using GBP 20,000 Grant from The Royal Academy of Engineering, UK (Through partnership with 3 institutions: Plymouth from UK, Oshwal College & Masinde Muliro Univ - Kenya
Highlights: Nanofilter Project - Third Quarter: Nov.2016-Jan.20171. At last the Water Quality Testing Laboratory for Nanofilter project is fully established 2. 187 water stations were established; with 156 active - serving about 8,000 people daily 3. Nanofilter provided direct employment to 23 people (Gongali staff) and 187 local entrepreneurs 4. Ground-breaking public meeting in Karatu District on 20th Nov. 2016. Covered by 8 journalists 5. Permission letter from RC and seminar for 40 health officers who have influence in their local areas 6. Nanofilter appeared again on global media through Pitch@Palace Global award and RAE Video 7. A new branch of Nanofilter office is opened in Karatu Town 8. Introduction of new business model of Nanofilter Kiosks; directly operated by Gongali Model ...........................X........................X...........END...............x..........................x.........................
UPDATES - Dec 2016
WINNER of Pitch@Palace GlobalFinally, Dr. Askwar Hilonga emerged an overall winner of the Pitch@Palace Global in London UK, after competing with other winners from their respective continents for the final Global winner. This is recognition for his innovation that promises low-cost Nanofilter Water filter that absorbs anything from drinking water up to 99.999%. Last year, Dr. Hilonga laid a track record after being announced an overall winner of the award namely "The Most Talented African Entrepreneur" in Pitch@Palace Africa. The event is organized by His Royal Highness The Duke of York, Prince Andrew. Gongali Model with its partners and the whole community is so proud to conduct a ground-breaking event in Karatu Dirstrict, Arusha region - Tanzania on 20th Nov. 2016. It was such as splendid event honored by the Arusha Regional Commissioner (through his representative) and covered by about 10 Journalists from National TVs like TBC, ITV, Star TV, Radios, Magazines, etc. About 3,000 people were reached through this event. I hope you will ENJOY the pictures and videos from the event (shown above). We used the event to celebrate the success stories from our beneficiaries - about 8,000 people. We are indebted to say THANK YOU SO MUCH to all our partners including GlobalGiving and its generous donors. The impact was very obvious and many people were excited by our humble commitment to serve our under-served communities in Rural Tanzania. By now we have established 150 water stations run by local entrepreneurs who, beside giving the service of clean and safe water, they are also economically benefiting a lot. For example, Ms. Benadeta who has a water station at Mount Meru Hospital earns up to GBP 3 per day as her net profit. This lady had no job BUT now she is self-employed through our Nanofilter water station. She is so grateful! THANKS for your relentless support as we make IMPACT to people like Benadeta and many others. We want to establish 1,000 water stations within 2017. This is equivalent to creating job opportunities to 1,000 local entrepreneurs who will be providing safe and clean water to 100,000 people every day. Please kindly let us know how you would like to be engaged, as you wish. Meanwhile, THANK YOU SO MUCH for your RELENTLESS SUPPORT. ...........................X........................X...........END...............x..........................x.........................
UPDATES - November 2016This quarter, QTR 2, was so exciting as we and our partners did various activities as detailed in the above "Second Quarter Report" - be prepared to enjoy some photos and videos. We were also exposured to the Global Community throug our Project Director, Dr. Askwar Hilonga; he was in Paris and London from 4 - 19 Sept 2016 for conferences and connections with other global innovators, investors, and other stakeholders. He got several opportunities to present and has generously shared our "HDIF-enabled success stories" on Nanofilter project in Arusha Region, Tanzania. Many people were so excited; some potential investors for Social Impact are interested to partner with us. The network established during those two weeks have also increased the visibility of our project on media. Some of the famous media appearances are like the one in which Hilonga was included in the same video with the famous people around the world such as Bill Gates, and Directors of Yahoo!, TATA, Alibaba, etc. We are so grateful that our visibility/reputation has rapidly increased. Here are some videos: 1. Hilonga with Bill Gates and other big names around the world - Because Engineering 2. Hilonga is determined to be "Millionaire of IMPACTING millions of lives" 3. Can This Filter Solve Tanzania's Water Problem? 4. Engineering A Better World 5. The Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation This is an example of how far our visibility goes: This video got 1,888,234 views, 35K likes, 21,908 shares, 428 Comments by 3rd Nov 2016 4am EAT;
Among many other exciting stories, please kindly note the story of:(i) A fresh graduate from IAA (Ms. Tinaga) who decided to establish her own water station, instead of waiting for employment. Now she earns an average of Tsh.15,000 per day. (ii) Ms. Benadetha - at Mount Hospital is overwhelmed by the customers-flow in (she decided to take a second filter) (iii) Mama Monica - beside St. Augustine University in Arusha earns up to Tsh. 30,000 per day ...............................END............x.........................
UPDATES - Aug 2016
Links to Quarterly Report: .............First Quarter Report: May-July 2016Karatu District Council Chairman Mr. Mnyenye at the inauguration of biogas project in Tanzania - sponsored by the People of America through USADF. The program also featured Nanofilter project sponsored by HDIF - from the British People .............X..........END................x....................
BREAKING NEWS from Local Entrepreneurs - 18th May 2016: First Training for Local Entrepreneurs for 1000 Water Stations in Arusha
BREAKING NEWS from London - 1st Dec 2015: Hilonga is the winner of Pitch@Palace African - The most TALENTED African EntrepreneurIn his brief thankful note Hilonga quoted the Bible Psalms 113: 7, 8. Because he felt that GOD has fulfilled his promise to raise him from poverty and make him stand with the PRINCE!
The initiative of the 3 GREAT DIGNITARIES:
1. The Duke of York, UK
2. Africa's Richest Man Aliko Dangote
3. Former Nigerian President Olusegun ObasanjoThe great three have joined forces to launch the African Entrepreneurship Programme (AEP), aimed at developing Africa's private sector and stimulating innovation across the continent. Obasanjo and Dangote will provide ongoing support for young businesses and entrepreneurs selected by the programme. The AEP is a joint initiative of the Duke of York's Pitch@Palace and The Global African Investment Summit (TGAIS), and supports African entrepreneurs and young businesses in need of capital and mentorship by connecting them with potential investors. This year 2015, TGAIS allowed young AEP entrepreneurs and startups to showcase their business ideas to potential investors, with the five most talented entrepreneurs chosen (out of 300 applicants) to present their business proposals to an audience of potential investors and mentors at a Pitch@Palace event in London on December 1. After the 5 AEP entrepreneurs presented, the overall winner was announced to be Dr. Askwar Hilonga from Gongali Model, Tanzania.
BREAKING NEWS - 13th Oct 2015Hilonga is awarded National Health Innovation Award by The President of The Republic of Tanzania His Excellency Dr. Mrisho J. Kikwete. The award is given by the National Institute of Medical Research (NIMR). This is an annual event.
BREAKING NEWS - 1st June 2015: Hilonga Won The Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation 2015, by The Royal Academy of Engineering, UKThe journey was long and VERY CHALLENGING .......... but at last Hilonga was awarded such a prestigious prize by The Royal Academy of Engineering, UK. It was $39,000 which is about Tsh.80m. Though this looks impressive, at present Hilonga's dream is far beyond the celebration .... He wants to become a MILLIONAIRE.....not by amasing millions of money BUT by IMPACTING millions of lives! On the right hand side you will see and may follow this success story on media. .................X..........END.................x.........................
PROGRESS - 17th April 2015: Global Sustainable Partnership (GSP) Enters Partnership with GONGALI MODELGlobal Sustainable Partnership (GSP), an American Charity (Website: gspartnerships.org), has donated 100 filters to allow GONGALI MODEL to give filters to schools in rural Karatu District. We are so grateful for this breakthrough! THANKS to GSP for opening doors for the most awaited partnership between GONGALI MODEL and the charities (NGOs) that are interested to health and sanitation, particularly for primary and secondary schools. It was somehow challenging for schools to purchase our complete set of filter at a price of Tsh.250,000. BUT now, GSP has enabled us to give 100 filters to schools. GSP allow GONGALI to subsidize the cost of the filters to households at a "promotion price". For those interested to this initiative for their NGOs or their schools back home, please contact us at email@example.com OR firstname.lastname@example.org; Tel: 0764574919.
GSP Sells Hydraids to GONGALI MODEL at subsidized price to lower the overall cost for the whole intergrated filter...........................X........................X...........END...............x..........................x.........................
PROGRESS - 12th Feb 2015: NM-AIST Grants Interest-Free LoanThis is a long awaited breakthrough for the Gongali Model Co.Ltd. It was very hard to get a start-up capital to test our business idea - but now the doors are open after this intervention by NM-AIST (The Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology). NM-AIST supports initiaves that foster its Motto, "Academia for Society and Industry". With this support, Gongali Model Co.Ltd will be able to introduce 100 to the market, according to the special training provided through The Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation. Together with MANY other insights and step-by-step guidance, the advice to seek support from NM-AIST was provided by Hilonga's Mentors Prof.Richard Williams of Birmingham University - UK and Dr.David Sarphie of Bio-Nano-Consulting-UK.
NM-AIST Vice Chancellor Prof.Mwamila hands $7,000 as a seed-capital to Dr.Askwar Hilonga NM-AIST Lecturer and the Director of Gongali Model Co.Ltd...........................X........................X.............END.............x..........................x.........................
PROGRESS-Jan 2015: 100 Filter components DONATED by Prof.ChadProf. Chad Jafvert of Purdue University, USA made an unforgettable contribution in support of Dr. Askwar Hilonga to strengthen his endeavor to win the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation. Prof. Jafvert and students in his Global Engineering course at Purdue donated filter components for 100 slow sand filters to be integrated with disinfection filters that Dr. Hilonga is developing. This first "slow-sand-filter" component is for removal of water turbidity, and up to 97% removal of micro-organisms: bacteria, virus, and protozoa. The component that Dr. Hilonga is designing and testing is for final and complete disinfection. Dr. Hilonga will test his business model after successfully demonstrating the complete system at laboratory and pilot scales. A prototype is in-use at a Gongali Model Co. Community Center.
Prof.Venkatesh and his Team, Purdue Univ., USA:...........................X........................X...........END...............x..........................x.........................
FILTER BUSINESS - Get your Unit right NOW!THANKS to Prof. Jafvert Chad for some kind of "seed funding" which helps Hilonga to test his business model for Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation. Order your Unit at a DISCOUNTED PRICE NOW! Prof.Chad's support provides for one of the three components of Hilonga's integrated filter. The price of complete integrated filter NOW is Ths.250,000 ($150). This price is just for NOW because of Prof.Chad's support - ONLY 100 Units! FUTURE is NOT guaranteed! Call +255764574919 or Email email@example.com for details. ...........................X........................X...........END...............x..........................x.........................
Traing for Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation - Pretoria, South Africa, 7-13 Nov. 2014The Training was AMAZING! It was conducted by FounderCentric (Salim and Jordan) and supervised by Meredith of The Royal Academy of Engineering, UK. ...........................X........................X...........END...............x..........................x.........................
PROGRESS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH NM-AIST....Sept 2014More information is available on COSTECH website Click here Dr. Askwar Hilonga of Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology in Tanzania has been selected for the shortlist in the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation 2014.Dr Askwar have also won six months of training and mentoring before an overall winner is selected in 2015. This is a second success of Nanotech Group at Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology. The first success of the group was when it represented NM-AIST to international business competition in USA Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology Vice Chancellor Prof Burton Mwamila appreciated efforts shown by the Nanotech Group and Said the institute is coming up in the research and innovation arena. He acknowledged good support from the Tanzanian Government through the Ministry of Communication, Science and technology and promised to maintain standards in Research. For his part Dr. Askwar Hilonga said his innovation is at the pilot stage. Its unique selling point is for being inexpensive and therefore affordable to his targeted market niche. Hilonga anticipates commercializing his innovation to provide accessible, affordable, sustainable and lasting solution for drinking water in under-served rural Tanzanian communities. Dr Hilonga who also is a lecturer at Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology said his pilot venture run by the Gongali Model Company Limited is in Gongali Vilage, Karatu-Arusha, Tanzania.He has 30 publications, by May 2014, on this Nanotechnology-based innovation that integrates high technology with traditionally known approach to solve local and global challenge (clean and safe drinking water).
Some Pictures from GONGALI
Health principles promoted in Gongali can be summarize in acronym "NEWSTART" - That is Nutrition, Exercise, Water, Sunlight, Temperance, Air, Rest, Trust in God
Health Promotion Seminars
Health promotion seminars are conducted regularly by the GEO members and various partners, particularly the SDA Church which has already shown a great interest in this adventure and we want to follow their example as demonstrated in Seventh-day Adventists and Health. Other Religious groups/churches, Institutions, NGOs, Individuals, etc are also welcomed to bring their contribution and IMPACT many people's lives in Gongali and elsewhere around Africa.At present, we are also starting to promote the cultivation and consumption of the Moringa Tree. The video below demonstrates our reasons for choosing this plant, interestingly called a MIRACLE TREE.