What We Do

Save the Food helps people obtain appropriate refrigeration equipment with which they can generate income. We work with small-scale dairy farmers and fishermen, and other people who can create small-scale businesses with refrigeration.

In return, the beneficiaries “pass the gift” by paying back a portion of their profits for the refrigeration equipment. This makes it possible for other people to obtain refrigeration too.

Save the Food partners with local businesses and NGOs to implement the programs in their local communities.

Impact

An ISAAC Solar Icemaker makes
50 kg of ice per sunny day. This is enough to chill up to 100 kg of milk each day.
An average small-scale rural dairy farmer will have three liters of milk to sell. Thus a solar icemaker can supply the chilling needs of 30 farmers.
In addition the solar icemaker creates jobs for operating the icemaker itself and distributing the milk. In the informal milk sector, each 100 liters
of milk creates two jobs.
Save the Food works with a dairy co-operative in the coast of Kenya. In the photo, the co-operative members are being introduced to their new equipment
Planning installation of solar icemakers with fisherman in the Coast of Kenya.
How Save the Food Works

Refrigeration is a key component of modern society. It makes it possible to bring food products from far away and in premium condition. It makes it farming businesses possible far away and many jobs in between for transportation and retailing. It makes available to the consumer a wide variety of products. Save the Food makes refrigeration available to communities that have never had refrigeration and in a way that is sustainable and with minimal impact upon the environment.

The project is implemented as a social entrepreneurship when possible. Save the Food works through local distributors that have the interests of the farmers and fishermen as their primary goal, such as local non-governmental or community based organizations, but local businesses are possible local distributors too.

The objective is to make refrigeration available to as many people as possible and in the most sustainable way. The business model of microenterprise is well suited to this as the project generates income and the farmers can “pass the gift” of refrigeration by profit sharing. Projects are selected upon the needs of the community and the potential for development impact and project sustainability.
Thank you for your interest in this project. If you would like to become involved with or support Save the Food, please contact Carl Erickson at cerickson@savethefood.org.