Waste Business Hub
Explain your project in details:
Waste Business Hub is a startup incubator of The Greens that aims at freely training young and underprivileged youths on the business opportunities available in the domain of waste in order to alleviate poverty and curb youth unemployment, improve agriculture and biodiversity conservation, improve health and wellbeing, reduce inequalities as well as combat climate change and promote sustainable cities and communities. The first phase of the project aims at training young girls on the upcycling of textile waste to produce low cost dolls, bowties, chalkboard dusters, dodge balls, pillows, mattresses, curtains, kitchen gloves, scarecrows, and our new clothing brand, Pieces dresses. At this phase, our main goal is to involve more women in the recycling, environment and entrepreneurship industries as well as nurture a generation of Waste Business Entrepreneurs (Wastepreneurs). During this phase, we shall also collect cloths and shoes from people who are no longer in need of, clean them and redistribute them to people in rural communities and orphanages who are in need of them, hence reduce the amount of textile materials that people burn or send to the landfill. The main objectives of the project are: - Educate and empower young people on the business opportunities available in the domain waste hence transform them to become Waste Business Entrepreneurs (Wastepreneurs) thereby reducing youth unemployment and alleviating poverty. - Reduce the amount of textile waste in the Bamenda, North West Region that gets burned or go in to the landfill by more than 70%. - Reduce the percentage of animal deaths resulting from Farmer-Animal Conflict via the provision of Scarecrows to farmers and Scarecrows Forest Fencing; hence improve biodiversity conservation. - Improve the health and wellbeing of more than 100000 people in rural communities via donation of free cloths collected from the cities to them. - Produce and market low cost recycled textile products
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
- The project aims at educating and empowering in 3 years, 50 youths on the business opportunities available in the domain waste hence transform them to become Waste Business Entrepreneurs (Wastepreneurs) thereby reducing youth unemployment, promoting decent work and economic growth as well as alleviating poverty. These 50 youths, 30 of whom will be young girls are going to be trained in recycling textile, plastic, automobile tires, and organic wastes thereby reducing inequalities and engaging more young girls in recycling, environmental and entrepreneurship industries. - The project strives to reduce the amount of textile waste in Bamenda, North West Region that gets burned or go in to the landfill by more than 70% thereby promote sustainable cities and communities. This shall be measured based on the number of households and businesses that will subscribe to sort and donate their waste to Waste Business Hub for recycling. The project will also reduce the percentage of animal deaths resulting from Farmer-Animal Conflict via the sale of more than 10000 low cost Scarecrows to farmers and the Scarecrows Forest Fencing of 2 community forest; hence improve agriculture and biodiversity conservation. Waste Business Hub will also improve the health and wellbeing of more than 100000 people in rural communities via donation of free clothes and shoes collected from people who are no longer in need of, and distributed to people who are in dire need of clothes and shoes in orphanages and rural communities. - Produce and market more than 50000 low cost recycled textile products such as bowties, scarecrows, pieces dresses, curtains, pillows, mattresses, blackboard dusters, etc to poor people in rural communities
Sustainability and future plans
Waste Business Hub is already at its startup phase which is currently training 10 young girls in textile recycling, fashion designing and entrepreneurship. This phase shall last for 1 year during which the 10 young girls shall acquire skills to effectively transform pieces of textile waste from tailoring workshops as wells as old cloths to produce Pieces Dresses, Bowties, scarecrows, blackboard dusters, pillows, mattresses, etc. This phase shall also collect used clothes and shoes from people who are no longer in need of, mend and clean them, and then distribute them to people in rural communities and orphanages who are in dire need of them, hence reduce the amount of textile materials that people burn or send to the landfill. During this phase, the trainees shall also acquire knowledge on social entrepreneurship hence be equipped to start businesses that make profits while helping people and the planet. Products from Waste Business Hub such as the bowties, pieces dresses and blackboard dusters are currently being sold to raise finances to purchase more sewing machines and equipment for the hub. The sale of the low cost products from the hub is the main source of finance for the hub and will be used to ensure the hubs financial sustainability. In its second phase, the hub will train 5 young boys in recycling plastics to make pavements and building blocks, train 5 young boys in recycling textile waste to produce mattresses, pillows and scarecrows and train 10 young girls and boys in recycling automobile tires for gardening and the production of seats for schools and public spaces. The third phase of the project shall train 20 youths on the production of organic manure from organic waste which shall be sold to farmers in order to promote organic farming.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
Ngalim Franklin Njaiwo (Mr. Green), aged 32 is a grassroots environmentalist with 7 years' experience currently serving as Founder/Executive Director of The Greens (www.thegreens-international.org) and a Geology teacher with 8 years' teaching experience currently working Government High School Kedjom-Keku. Being a holder of a B.Sc in Environmental Science and Water Resource Management as well as a Teaching Diploma (DIPES 1) in Geology, Mr. Green's Life's Development Goals (LDGs) are to respect and affirm the inalienable dignity of the human person, promote education for all and foster global environmental sustainability. Growing in a poverty stricken community that is plagued by very high levels of youth unemployment and increasing environmental challenges, he realized from research that waste provides a huge resource that can tackle the aforementioned challenges and this explains why he established Waste Business Hub to train young people to transform trash to treasure.