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
Non-biodegradable waste- Recycling in to re-usable products
Explain your idea in details:
Recycling of non-biodegradable waste (waste that cannot be decomposed by micro-organisms) is a process of converting the waste in to re-usable objects such as cooking utensils, plastic tables and chairs beads, slippers, doormats, curtains etc. This project is aimed at promoting youth entrepreneurship most especially among the street hawkers and porters (KAYAYEI) and also enhancing sustainable waste management (Non-biodegradable waste) alongside creating jobs for the youth in Ghana. A significant portion of these street hawkers and porters are female. As the name suggest, KAYAYEI in Hausa means female porter. Most of these street porters live on less than US$1.00 a day with no accommodation. After work, they pass the night in the street; on pavements and pedestrians walkway, ending up being raped with unplanned pregnancies leading to unsafe abortions. I intend to establish a waste recycling plant for converting this non-biodegradable in to these reusable products. The main raw material for this project is waste which is generated on daily basis in the urban centers. The collection of this waste materials shall be done on regular basis through methods like; Community bin collection, house to house, and collection on regular pre-informed timings and those from slums and squatter areas including restaurants, hotels, Office complexes and commercial areas. Discarded car tyres due to the increasing vehicular usage. Recycled tyres will be used as base for shoes and sandals, flooring, carpet mats, etc. It will also be used for creating parking and seating facilities.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
This project will target the street porters in developing their skills and entrepreneurial potentials. Their skills will be developed in two areas; at the production level and others in decorations with finished products. Those with the decorative skills will establish their own small scale businesses and be supplied with the decorative products for the design processes. Measures to evaluate success: 1. Sales indicators, we will make sure that, the volume and frequency of sales will provide us information on our overall business success by taking records of our sales to existing customers, sales to new customers, profit per sale and as to which product is making more money. Keeping truck of these figures will provide us insight for other actions. 2. Also, we will grow our customer base by implementing customer referral incentives where happy customers can refer others through a mobile application system which will help attract new customers and a database to keep track records of where each customer comes from. This will enable us to know our target areas and which areas to place more emphasis on in terms of marketing. 3. We will ensure employee have a positive work environment which will motivate them to do their job with efficiency. If they feel appreciated, they are more likely to go the extra mile for the customer.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
The project will start at an urban center where much waste is generated to reduce transportation cost of raw materials (Non-biodegradable waste) as start-up with future plans of extension. Technical expertise will be hired for the engineering and training process both at the production and skill development level. The project sustainability will depend on its financial standing. A marketing strategy will be put in place to generate funds for sustainability. As a major problem to the government in managing waste and in getting street hawkers and porters off the street, the project will cater for their employment needs and enhancing their human resource capacity building, we will collaborate with the government to enhance all the government owned institutions across the country such as schools, banks, clinics, medical laboratories and hospitals etc. to purchase their doormats, windows and door curtains detergent containers, litter bins etc. As we serve as the main distributor of these products to all public institutions, they will serve as a secured source of income generation to pay workers and maintain the machinery. Also, we will lobby with provision shops, malls and super markets across the country, distribute to them at subsidized prices for sale and also collaborate with factories. Those with entrepreneurial and innovative skills through the training process will design and decorate beads in to necklaces, ear rings, bangles and design of slippers. The raw materials for these products will be supplied to them from the production at subsidized prices.
I am in the person of Tuogali Daniel, Born on 27th January 1991 from Upper West Region in the northern part of Ghana, and a graduate in Bsc. Actuarial Science from the University for Development Studies (UDS)-Ghana. I also hold an MTA in database administration fundamentals and currently pursuing my MCSA in Database administration. I am also an entrepreneur who is in to the provision of database solutions to institutions at www.danalha.com , a partner owned business with a fellow graduate also from UDS.