Recycling for our Community
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
We have successfully reached more than 2000 students in different schools, covered over 40 streets and reached many homes and pubs with our Recycling for our community project. In the schools where we formed "Green clubs", we trained students as peer educators who in turn educate other students and peers at home. As a result, we have been able to promote and ensure clean and healthy environment, which also enabled us to let women and youths capture value from our initiative and further led to the creation of 15 jobs both full time and part time. In addition, we have recovered and collected for recycling 45tons of plastics, 70tons of glass, 9tons of paper, and 30tons of ferrous and non-ferrous metals since 2015. With our initiatives, people are becoming aware of recycling as laudable social entrepreneurial venture In pursuance of sustainable development goals, we promote goal 6: Clean water and sanitation by making sure the citizens segregate waste, dispose properly and we recycle; Goal 12: Responsible production and consumption We are working to ensure effective and adequate production through communication with local producers. On the part of consumers, we let them know how to handle packaging materials after consumption; Goal 13: Climate action, we teach students climate change and actions they can take to ameliorate its effect, we also let the populace know of adaptive measures to climate change. Measures to evaluate success are indicators to achieving our objectives. Which include: process, input, output, outcome, timeline and responsibility? The indicators are visible in our locality and in the quantity of recyclables we recover from source within a given timeline. The outcomes will be shown with pictures, testimonies, narratives and financial reports. Another measure is our point of sale, number of employees and operation units.
Sustainability and future plans
As social entrepreneur, we operate a hybrid business focusing on creating value for the society. Below is our business model and could have been more understood if presented in a tabular form. KEY PARTNERS: Recycling companies and Manufactures, Waste sources (homes, pubs, and schools), Ministries of Environment and state waste management authorities, Non-Governmental Organizations, Individuals. KEY ACTIVITIES: Recycling awareness, Recovery and baling of recyclables, Mechanical recycling of plastics and production. KEY RESOURCES: Recycling Banks and effective transportation, Facilitators and volunteers, finance. VALUE PROPOSITION: CLEAN AND HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT, ENVIRONMENTAL CONSCIOUSNESS ON THE POPULACE TROUGH EDUCATION, REDUCED COSTS OF HAULING WASTE TO LANDFILL, CLIMATE ACTION, EMPLOYMENT FOR WOMEN AND YOUTHS, AVAILABILITY OF RAW MATERIALS FOR MANUFACTURERS, EFFECTIVE COLLECTION OF SEGREGATED WASTE. RELATIONSHIP: Effective communication with partners, service to pubs and homes CHANNELS: Awareness and education, Communication, Facebook page and website, Collection and Transportation. CUSTOMER SEGMENTS: Students, Homes, pubs and schools, Plastics manufacturers, Scrap companies (other recycling companies), Paper Mills, Ministry of environment State waste management authority. COST STRUCTURE: Fixed Cost: Salaries, Rent, Utilities, Variable cost: transportation, materials, teaching aids, Capital cost: Machines, van and industrial equipment REVENUE STREAMS: Grants, Sale of recyclables, Sale of recycled plastics, Services. Our seed capital came from the Federal Government of Nigeria as a grant award under her Youth Enterprise with Innovations in Nigeria (YouWin) program. As part of our success, we won 10 million Naira, which is equivalent to 50 thousand dollars in the programme. Since then, the business has been self-sustaining and we have attracted support from the state government and individuals. Our plans for future growth is to be able to recycle plastics to full capacity, produce pencils using waste paper and to expand to other states in Nigeria and other parts of West Africa. These we have initiated and started the process already.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
Cajetan is a social entrepreneur who co-founded and manages Alamonk Recyclers, an innovative recycling company in Umuahia, Nigeria. He has over two years experience at Yubog Recycling centre, Ilorin, Nigeria. As a volunteer with DEAN initiative, he is the Abia state coordinator of the Nigeria Sustainable Development Goals SDGs youth network. He aspires to be an expert in sustainable waste management and a lecturer of Philosophy. His career path was paved with a degree in philosophy from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria and he is a graduate member of the Nigerian Institute of Management, (Chattered). He is currently studying for post graduate diploma in Education (PGDE) and has earned many online certificates, which include: Understanding Climate change, Sustainable Waste management in developing countries, management for a competitive age and Human Resources. Cajetan was born on October 23, 1985 and from early days; he developed an uncommon but admirable interest in the environment especially sanitation and recycling. He has further translated his zeal into commitment, and passion into action. He is known in the local community for his innovations in gathering wastes for recycling and even hosting live radio talks where folks call in to discuss waste management and environmental protection. He co-founded the recycling company amidst setbacks which included finance, ignorance and perhaps apathy among greater populace. But, he has been able to surmount most of these so professionally and positively. These have earned him recognition and awards, prominent among them are a grant of 10 million Naira (about 50 thousand dollars) from the federal government of Nigeria under the platform of Youth Enterprise with Innovations in Nigeria, and his initiatives are recognized by the UK department for international development DFID, Abia state ministry of environment, Abia state SDGs office and the Nigeria SDGs youth network.