Mobah Rural Horizons

Home  /  Enterprise Profiles  /  Current Page


A Power-Free Rural Pot-in-Point Refrigeration System



Headquarters Kano, Nigeria
Established 2001
Impact Areas Nigeria
Type Non-Profit
Energy Sectors
Business Model Types
Staff Size N/A
Annual Budget N/A
Major Funders N/A
Awards 2000: Rolex Awards
2006: Tech Museum of Innovation Award
2007: Santa Clara Global Social Benefit Incubator


Mobah Rural Horizons designed a food storage device made up of two earthenware pots which utilize the principles of evaporation to create electricity-free refrigeration.



Energy Products/Services

  • Zeer Pot Cooling System

Target Market

  • Farmers with perishable produce and no means of refrigeration


MObah Rural Horizons

Revenue Streams

  • Sale of Pot in Pot Coolers

Value Proposition

  • In between the two pots is a layer of fine, wet, river sand, and on top is a moist jute bag.
  • When kept in a dry, well-ventilated, and shady location, water evaporates, cooling the inner container.
  • As a result, Mobah’s desert refrigerator allows produce to stay fresh for weeks, so less food is wasted, and farmers are able to increase their profits so that they can continue to provide for their communities.
  • Mobah sells around 30,000 coolers a year to farmers and other people who want to preserve food for their families and communities

Problem Addressed

  • For people who live in hot climates with little electricity, food spoils quickly.
  • Produce spoils in within three days without refrigeration, forcing farmers to rush their crops to the market and sell them at undervalued prices.
  • Refrigeration is a method for storing foods around the world, but many places in Africa do not have the resources to support a stable supply of electricity to make refrigerators a viable option.

More Resources

Online Resources

Contact Information

Mobah Rural Horizons
470 Ribadu Road
Kano, Kano Box 10591

(  +234-8033741707