Best Ideas 2018 features all the nominated entries submitted to the Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solution or proposition for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage. If you want to know the 10 finalists in this category, click HERE
Explain your idea in details:
While Sustainable development is a cute term and I surely aim to achieve it. UPCYCLERS main objective however is to hopely save lives and pay tribute to the lives lost in the name of diseases like typhoid and cholera. As someone born and raised in a developing nation, such news of devastation is a normal and it breaks my heart to see how much manpower we lose in the process. UPCYCLERS also aims to provide employment not only to college graduates but also to the illiterate who have given up in life and fell in the drug abuse trap because they have no graduation certificates. Afterall, garbage sorting requires little to no school knowledge. UPCYCLERS plans to hold seminars to educate people on waste recycling and how waste can be converted to wealth and health (clean communities).Seminars will help eradicate the traditional take on waste as just waste and nothing more. A clean environment is not a one day change, its a process. Its a lifestyle.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
UPCYCLERS is a solution to a chronic problem. Hoping to impact the community directly by providing employment, reducing the number of slums. Tanzania is reportedly the third highest slum growth rate in Africa (https://www.jamiiforums.com/threads/slums-in-tanzania.225394/)and improving the health standards by reducing the diseases related to contaminated foods and drinks. UPCYCLERS is a social enterprise and for it to succeed and be meaningful the contribution of the people is crucial. So I decided to impose an active procedure of measuring success by conducting frequent interviews asking communities how the program has changed their lives for the better and open suggestion will be welcome from anyone on how to improve the system. I believe transparency is key in bringing about a significant change.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
As a startup, UPCYCLERS plans to register community households in the program, the members will be provided with points each time waste is collected and will be rewarded after a 3 months period with cash or other prizes. Initially UPCYCLERS will hire a few employees with a promise of increasing employment opportunities in the longrun. Tricycles will be the main means of transportation, due to low overall total cost (maintenance and fuel), they serve as the best means to a sustainable end. While starting small and thinking big, UPCYCLERS will at first export the accumulated waste but the bigger dream is to establish a manufacturing company locally. Funding may pause a threat to many but I wont stop. I intend to rely in awards, volunteers and hopefully attract investors in the beginning. Government collaboration is sooner or later expected since its a social enterprise which seeks to improve welfare of the people. With increasing return margins from sales, I intend to expand the project to more communities.
My name is Neema Iddi Mti. A 23 year old female from Tanzania, holding a degree in Economics and International Trade. With no awards or recognitions, I am driven to bring about a positive change to my community. I believe this project is greater than me. I want to show people that change is within us, we cant blame the government or anyone else for our misfortune. Living in clean communities can be more than just a dream, we can make it a reality. As a female, born in a country that believes educating a woman is a liability. I stand to prove them wrong and show parents its an asset rather and young girls, they can achieve anything they put their mind to it. Lastly, as a 23 year old, I want to show my fellow youth we need to think beyond employment. We are born to do more. I believe we can do more. So UPCYCLERS is not about me. Its for my people in this generation and the next down the road. If we are willing to put in the hard work, we can achieve anything.