Women and Youth Empowerment through Waste paper Recycling and Reconversion.
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
On Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), Eteicon is making Huge Impact on the following Goals: ¤ Goal No 1: No Poverty; Through the Salaries we pay our workers (Women and Youths), we also empower them Financially hence, keeping them away from negative vices. ¤ Goal No 2: No Hunger. Most importantly when we pay salaries to our workers (Women and Youths), they use it to buy food and feed their Children and Families. ¤ Goal No 6: Clean Water and Sanitation; With many Low income families and Homes using our Low Grade Toilet Roll (Mums Toilet Tissue), Open-End Defecation has greatly reduced in our community. ¤ Goal No 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure. ¤ Goal No 13: Climate Action; through the Recycling and Reconversion of Waste Paper into Low Grade Toilet Rolls, the amount of Greenhouse Gases (Carbon di Oxide, Methane gases etc) released from the Dump sites have been greatly reduced and ¤ Goal No 17: Partnerships for Goals; through the Combined activities of our Teams of Waste Pickers, Topan Advance Agro Paper Mills LTD, Rural Women and Youths in our community. IMPACT: 1). Mums Toilet Rolls (Regular Size and Jumbo Rolls) is sold at $9 and $7 per bag respectively as against $19 and $17 for the premium quality Rolls which are quite expensive for most low income families to buy and use. 2). We will convert 60 Tonnes of Waste Paper into Low grade toilet tissue per annum. 3).200, 000 low income families were served in 2015; 22 Rural Youths were engaged and 10 of which are Women were employed. 4). 20, 000 bags of Mums Toilet Tissue were produced in 2015. 5). Rural Women were empowered through jobs created in Eteicon. 6).Reduction in Greenhouse gas emissions from these dump sites. 7).Waste to Wealth and a Cleaner environment through the Recycling and Reconversion of Waste Paper into Low GradeToilet Tissue.
Sustainability and future plans
We Gather Waste Paper through the help of Waste Pickers at the Dump Sites, Bale, Recycle into Jumbo Reels in Partnership with Topan Advance Agro Paper Mills LTD Onitsha Anambra State which has a larger capacity of Pulping 100,000 Metric Tonnes of Waste Paper Daily and producing Low Grade Jumbo Reels at a very Subsidized rate, We then Convert into different Market size Rolls for use by Low Income families across Nigeria. Having won several awards (National and International), we used our award ceilings to buy our locally fabricated machines and then startup. Eteicon funds comes from earned Income--retaining 55% of profit from each product range of Mums Toilet Tissue sold. It cost us $6 to produce one bag of Mums Regular Size Rolls which we sell at $9 (1,800 Naira) making a profit of $3 per bag; And $5 to produce One bag of Mums Jumbo Rolls which we sell at $7 (1,600 Naira) making a profit of $2 per bag; as against the premium quality Rolls which is sold at $19 and $17 respectively; not affordable for low income families to buy and use. We supply our finished goods (Bags of Mums Toilet Rolls) directly to our Distributors across 15 States in Nigeria Respectively. Both our services and products can be adopted and Implemented anywhere in Nigeria and other Countries in sub-saharan Africa to help recycle waste paper. At our current size, we are seeking for Grants, Competition, Awards and Private Investments to raise our capital (to approximately $250,000) needed for us to fully install a complete line of Waste Paper Recycling /Pulping Machine and other facilities capable of Recycling, Pulping and Reconverting over 80,000 Metric Tonnes/Year of Waste Paper into Toilet Rolls directly in E.T. Edwin Industrial Company Nigeria through a Continuous Production Principle.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
Emelone Tochukwu Edwin --- Is the Ceo, E.T. Edwin Industrial Company Aba, Abia State Nigeria. He was born on the 20th February, 1983. He is a Madonna University Biochemistry Graduate, an Entrepreneur with Over 5 Years Entrepreneurial Experience in Waste Paper Recycling and an Alumni of Pan-African University of Entrepreneurial Studies Lagos Nigeria. He is also a recipient of several National and international awards in honour of his company (eteicon) some of which includes; 1). 2016 Bank of Industry (BOI)--Youth Entrepreneurship Support Program (YES-Program) Award Winner (https://www.boi.ng/yes). 2). 2016 Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Award (Teep Award 2016; https://www.tonyelumelufoundation.org), 3). 2015 New York Forum Africa Top 50 most Innovative Start-Up Company in Africa (www.ny-forum-africa.com), 4). 2012 Nigerian Presidential Youth Enterprise with Innovation in Nigeria ( YOUWIN ) Award (https://www.youwin.org.ng), 5). 2010 Central Bank of Nigeria ( CBN ) - National Youth Service Corps ( NYSC ) Entrepreneurship Award, 6). 2010 National Youth Service Corps State Hounours Award amongst others. Am also a GREEN Champion Certificate Holder awarded by the Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) of the United States of America amongst three other certificates awarded to me on: Understanding Climate Change, Fundamentals of Starting and Running a Business and Management Strategies for People and Resources through the Online Yali Courses. In 2013 the National Youth Service Corps ( NYSC ) Secretariat in Cross – River State appointed Emelone Tochukwu Edwin to be a Skills facilitator to help in the training of Women and Youths on Skills acquisition and Entrepreneurship. This he has also been doing till present in all the 3 - NYSC batches yearly.