Best Projects 2019 features all the nominated entries submitted ‘Submit your Project’ category. All the entries consist of innovative projects run by existing enterprises in the form of businesses, NGOs or informal programs.
Recycle for Benefits (R4B)
Explain your project in details:
According to the United Nation Environmental Program, unless we act now, our ocean will contain more plastics than fish by 2050. This is due to continuous consumption of plastic products in a linear economy which uses ocean dumping as a terminal end to products life cycle. This is true for Majidun Ogolonto an underserved, poor peri-urban community in Ikorodu, Lagos State Nigeria which depends on fishing and marine resources abstraction for livelihood. Recycle for Benefits project product benefited their fishing grounds, immediate environment, health and served as additional source of income. The project introduced plastic recycling as alternative sources of income to 20 youths and women in Majidun. The goal of the Recycle for Benefits was to provide multiple streams of income to 20 youth and women in Majidun fishing community by becoming stakeholders in creative upcycling technology. This was done through community Sensitization event, upcycling training event, training on production of eco-friendly hair products, virtual mentorship program, Exhibition and Business Summit. The Project was divided into 5 phases and implemented in an intensive 21 days training. The first two weeks was for hands on-training on skills acquisition. These were on creative recycling technology and production of organic skin care products with organic skin care product training held on Friday of each week. The participants were trained in two batches (10 participants in first batch and 11 participants in second batch) with two trainers in each batch. The project partnered with youths trained by Pearly recycling through the Ford Foundation training as they acted as volunteered trainers during the training. The trainers also offered two weeks mentorship which gave the participant the opportunity to practice what they have learnt with little supervision. During this period, the participants transformed materials given as seed grants into upholstery.
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
This project focused on green jobs with goals and objectives directed towards up-cycling. GOAL: To provide multiple streams of income to 20 youth and women in Majidun (Lagos State, Nigeria) fishing community by becoming stakeholders in creative up-cycling technology. Below are the achievements from the project: 21 youths and women comprising of 7 male and 14 females were empowered with creative recycling skills with focus on waste to furniture. This is an increase of one beneficiary over the projected 20 youths and women. Successfully reduced the amount of virgin plastic fibers used in throw pillow making by 50% Produced 40 customized throw pillows from old plastics and 39 ottomans from old discarded tires in the community with more than half of this products made by the trainees themselves. Self-made ottoman and throw pillows by the participants served as seed grants disbursed to all participants with an average price of N19, 560. 33 Eco-friendly organic hair products and 24 Eco-hand-wash were produced for sustainable living Virtual mentorship organized which led to Pillows and ottoman produced by the mentees and mentors. 3 of the participants were additionally acknowledged with gifts of equipment to jumpstart their business for their unwavering dedication during the training. Removed 150.15kg of carbon in the form of tires and 20kg of plastics as PVC and polyester Successfully engaged stakeholders needed to implement the circular economy pathway for fashion among stakeholders in the community. 15 of our throw pillows were distributed to speakers and guest who graced our occasion for publicity with additional two pillows displayed at IITA Ibadan Communication store. Trainers learnt new skills from the Eco products training, making of throw pillows and geometric construction behind tripod ottoman.
Sustainability and future plans
During the project implementation, we requested for in-kind support from Ikorodu Local Government Chairman for a training space which did not scale through. However, the officer in charge of social development in person in the local government contacted us later that Recycle for Benefits training will be of immerse benefits to unemployed youths in other coastal communities. This is a work in progress as a letter has been submitted to this effect in Igbogbo Local Council Development Areas. Likewise, Lagos State Employment Trust Fund indicated interest in including creative recycling technology in their skill acquisition program. Another initiative we met in the community called Chess in Slum has invited Recycle for Benefits/EcoHub Initiative to conduct a skill acquisition training to the kids of the community which they are grooming in chess playing. We will be using some of the left-over materials from recycle for benefits trainings. Within the project team, Recycle for Benefits lives on even after our Carrignton Youth Fellowship Initiative year as so much still needs to be done. In the implementation of both activities, we will be selecting beneficiaries from 2018 CYFI Recycle for Benefits Project to act as volunteers and trainers in our next cycle of training. This gives the opportunity to be consistently in touch with the trainees. Also tapping into call for proposal to develop the business (profit making) component of the project. With the EcoHub Initiative emerging from Recycle for Benefits, the goals of our project lives on as the vision of EcoHub Initiative is to develop ecological solutions for societal challenges.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
Oyewale is a multi-award winning Agripreneur. He has over seven years experience working on development projects/programs that focus on improving the livelihoods of smallholder farmers in Sub-Sahara Africa. His research interests include rural entrepreneurship, agricultural value chain development, Impact assessment, and technology adoption. Oyewale is a certified Project Manager, and a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS). Aside his role as a Program Administration Officer at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, He leads an enterprise that processes cassava into flakes and runs a plantain/yam farm. Since 2015, he has mentored over 30 young graduates to start their own agribusiness enterprise. He is a fellow of the Dutch Nigerian Student Business Challenge. In this he worked with a team of 4 (2Nigerians, 2 Dutch) to develop a business solution to enhance the livelihood of dairy farmers in Iseyin. Oyo State. As a result of this program, his team received seed money from FrieslandCampina WAMCO to start a pilot to further develop their business solution named mDairy. He was a Next Generation Delegate at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs Global Food Security Symposium 2018, in Washington DC where he represented African Youth on a panel discussion on Youth Perspectives, Potential, and Progress: An Insiders Take. Oyewale is currently a fellow of the Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative, working in a team of five to train 20 youth and women in Majidun Ikorodu Lagos on how to turn waste to furniture with the intention of empowering them to improve their livelihood. In 2011, he was trained at Lagos Business School on enterprise management and later attended an entrepreneurship training at the Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands in 2017. He has won several scholarships, grants and holds masters degrees in Economics and Entrepreneurship and Innovation.