Global Problem Solvers: The Series, Episode 1.5: The Business Plan

(engine whirring) – My name is Putri, and I have assembled a team to take on our world’s toughest challenges. ♪ Global Problem Solvers ♪ ♪ Let’s go! ♪ (Huti hoots) (dramatic music) (thunder) – Hello viewers out there. It’s me, Ivy Stormcatcher. In today’s video, I’m gonna show you how to make your very own tornado. First, get a bottle of water. Next, squirt some soap inside. Add a few pinches of glitter. Turn the bottle upside-down. Spin it real fast! Instant tornado. Awesome, no? – You actually know her? – That’s Ivy. She lived with my family in Brazil as an exchange student. She’s obsessed with the weather. She has this insanely popular show on the Internet. – I wonder if she would know how to weather this storm. – To get through a storm, she would say you need a plan. (thunder) – Hey guys, remember when I was diving in Lake Malawi? I realized that we need to involve local people in our solution for it to succeed. – That’s right Kelile. The people of Malawi know better than anyone how to get something done there. – Let’s come up with a business plan. We need to outline how Malawians can create, sell, and maintain the well sensors. – And continue to do so even after we’re gone. – We will use this business plan to drum up excitement and investment for our well sensor project. – You know in Tokyo, I installed sensors at a kids cafeteria to monitor food supplies. There is a company in Malawi that makes similar sensors. It’s called Chembe Technology. Let’s visit the factory. Maybe they’d consider investing in well sensors. (thunder crashing) – You guys better get moving. It’s rainy season in Malawi and it sounds like a storm is almost here. (Huti hoots) (upbeat music) – Your business plan seems sound. However, my company builds sensors that monitor temperature and amounts of food. We don’t have the funds lying around to invest in other products. (laughs) – There’s a saying in Malawi: The wise go faster by slowing down. – My grandfather always said that to me. I’m listening. – The wiser investment would be your factory. Let’s say that in addition to food sensors, you manufactured well sensors. – I do have the workers and machinery in place. – 25,000 wells in Malawi could use these well sensors. We could share with you whatever money we made from selling them. – You’d also be helping Malawi by providing clean drinking water. – There’s another saying in Malawi: It’s always the guest who delivers the best idea. I’m in! (laughs) (phone beeps) – Yes? – Kelile, the storm is near! A tornado is forming on the lake outside the factory. – My friend Ivy will know what to do! She’s a weather expert. I’m uploading a video of the tornado to her. – Yeah Cristina, I see it alright. But that’s no tornado. In Malawi, that’s called nkungo. That’s a cloud of flies! – Flies? – Yes! During rainy season in Malawi, fly larvae hatch. The flies then create tornado-like formations over the lake. Some Malawians catch the flies, mash ’em up, and cook them into delicious fly burgers. – Fly burgers?! (licks beak) – It’s official: Chembe Technology will manufacture sensors for the wells of Malawi. Let’s celebrate! (applause) – Should we tell him? – Nah, let him enjoy it first. (fly buzzing)

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