Sustainable Communities Senegal
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
The project has created so far 12 sustainable green jobs and impacts positively the center for disabled people of Ouakam located in a low-income community. The project is monitored and funded by the Dutch Embassy in Dakar. Since its beginning (4 month ago) more than 5000 bags have been created and sold to the people of Dakar and Ouakam. We intend to fully train the participants by the end of the program and insert them as trainers in other locations nationwide.
Sustainability and future plans
The business model has been created and tested by a trained business school student and applied to the project. Thanks to the financial support of the Dutch embassy in Dakar the project bring benefits that are currently divided between the salaries of the participants and the creation of a fund to make the activity sustainable after the end of the funding. We are currently conducting discussions with several ministries in Senegal to reinforce the initiative in Ouakam and look at its de-multiplication nationwide.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
My name is Jean-Christophe Henry, born November 26 1981 in Toulon France, I am a Phd Student in History specialized in Contemporary African History. After holding positions in the University in Dakar I was able to be granted an advisor position for the Ministry of Environment and later at the ministry of Fisheries and Marine Affairs, after this appointment I directed an NGO named Oceanium where I led the several programs related to environmental protection in Senegal. I received two major international recognitions: the Africa 100 innovation award by the French Ministry of Development in December 2014 and most recently the 2015 Innovation Award from the Ramsar Convention. I'm currently an international consultant for UNESCO's office in Addis Ababa.