Best Ideas 2019 features all the nominated entries submitted under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solutions or propositions for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage.
Banana fiber Extraction
Explain your idea in details:
over 10 million hectares of Banana plantation, with an average of 1500 plants per hectare, exist in more than 160 countries globally,Uganda is the second largest producer of bananas after India with about 9 million tons produced annually,creating tons of waste in form of stem and stocks, which have been left over to decompose and rot hence emitting a huge amount of methane gas and carbon dioxide. These emissions have a negative impact on the environment, which increases global warming every year. Every ton of banana waste emits, on average, a half-ton of carbon dioxide per year.Evidence reveals that 7out of 10 youth are unemployed yet the services and industrial sector have not created enough jobs for the burgeoning youthful labor force,8out of 10 women practice agriculture with bananas as main crop but still leave below poverty line With approach of value addition to banana waste,we directly engage banana growers in chain of production as they extract banana waste to get fibers,sale them to us in due course they earn extra income to sustain themselves while creating jobs opportunities for disadvantaged youth and women in rural communities of Uganda through banana fiber production, hands-on skills training, developing affordable banana fiber products to reduce banana waste to have free carbon emission environment in Uganda and the entire global.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
We target to extract 2tonnes of banana waste,use of digital weighing scale to measure the extracted fiber in first year of operation hence reducing on carbon emission. We plan to reach to 8out of 10 women who practice agriculture with bananas as main crop but still leave below poverty line,7out of 10 unemployed youth in rural communities of Uganda. Will be able to cultivate our impact through the needs assessment to enable them leave a sustainable life through our empowerment schemes. We strongly believe within one year atleast 5out8 knows how to use banana waste into products of value,4out7 youth are able to generate income,created there own business which adds value to banana waste like charcoal briquette business.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
Being that we enable growers earn extra income,create jobs opportunity for disadvantaged youth and women, we equip banana growers with extraction skills where they are able to extract banana waste into banana fibers. We purchase the fibers from them at fair cost where we directly engage youth&women in creativity, recycling of banana fibers into products of value. We earn revenue by selling our products that we get after recycling banana fibre. We also earn from training recycling skills to young people at a simple fee. We are also cultivating sponsorship,collaborations and partnerships with local governments, international development organizations. We plan also to depend on donor to investor fund,cash prize and crowd-funding.
Im Mawejje Muhammed Dimma, born and raised in Uganda, I know from firsthand experience that Uganda is the second largest producer of Bananas after India. As a result, bananas is one of the most consumed food in Uganda next to maize. I am a chef by profession and have had the privilege of working in the hospitality industry for 8years. Through my growing up and professional experience, I realized that we do consume a lot of bananas and on average each Ugandan consumes 1kilo per day in so doing produce tons of waste in form of stem and stocks. As an entrepreneur I began to ask myself, what could be done to add value to this banana waste? My curiosity soon turned into a relentless pursuit as I began to research and read more about possible alternatives. In 2014, together with 2 peers we founded Mawejje Creations which focuses on enabling banana growers earn extra incomes to sustain themselves and while creating jobs opportunities for women and youth in rural communities of Uganda. Through banana fiber production, incubation programs, hand-on skills training,developing affordable banana fiber products to reduce banana waste. We have so far been able to train over 2 groups of women1 out 5 of them are able to generate income from the products they make, reached out to 4 house holds in the campaign we carried out in Ntugamo-Rugazi village and over 100 youths have been reached through different channels ie radio interview,social media and blog posts 2018 was awarded as the most outstanding YALI network member RLC Ugandan Chapter. Received scholarship in Social Innovations at Social Innovations Academy.