Kuza Freez­er

Our objec­tive is to sup­port rur­al com­mu­ni­ties in the fish val­ue chain through afford­able refrig­er­a­tion. “Kuza” is a Swahili word mean­ing “to grow.”

Accord­ing to the Food and Agri­cul­ture Orga­ni­za­tion, there are more than 12.3 mil­lion small-scale fish­er­men in sub-Saha­ran Africa. Fifty-two per­cent of these fish­er­men live off the grid, and about 45% of their fish har­vest is lost dai­ly because they do not have access to afford­able and reli­able cold stor­age services.

Most of these fish­er­men also rely on ice to pre­serve their catch, but that is not reli­able for most of them in the long run. Some dry the fish to keep it from spoil­ing, but dried fish is worth half as much as fresh fish that can be sold at the market.

There­fore, refrig­er­a­tion can dou­ble fish­er­men’s income by extend­ing the shelf life of their catch. This cre­ates an oppor­tu­ni­ty for fish­er­men to sell more fresh fish to a larg­er, grow­ing market.