Best Projects 2020 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.
Published on October 1, 2020 um 08:57
Type of Enterprise
Year the ngo or company was founded
Explain your project in details:
KONET a system that links recycling companies to their respective customers. The main objective is of the system is to enhance the practice of waste segregation and the conversion of waste plastics, tyres and papers into reusable artifacts. The Konet system is in two phases; public education and sensitization and the invention of mobile software applications for use by citizens/locals and partnered recycling and waste management companies. When the segregated wastes are accumulated to a particular volume in institutions, schools and households, the individual would use the App (KONET) developed for the clients or the citizens to request for the services of any available or nearest partnered recycling company. Once a request is sent, the system will automatically pick up the clients location. The recycling company would respond to the request of the client using the KONET pickup, an Application software specially developed for the recycling and waste management companies. Upon arrival, the pickup personnel of the company would then weigh the recyclables and then pay-off the client using a mobile money feature developed on the KONET pickup. This is done to motivate the customer to keep up with the practice of waste segregation. The Konet Application will address the issue of internet by partnering with telecommunication companies in the country (such as MTN, Vodafone) to make access to the Konet Application free through whitelisting. Also, users will be given the option to send texts instead of images since it will require less data bundle. Non smart phone users can access the functionalities of the Konet App using USSD (Unstructured Supplementary Service Data).
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
In the early phase of the project, we educated students and staff of some selected primary and high schools in Ghana. We also trained students of the Presbyterian Boys Senior High School on how to convert waste plastics into reusable artifacts. This has motivated the students and staff of the selected schools on the need to segregate waste.
Sustainability and future plans
The Konet Application will address the issue of internet by partnering with telecommunication companies in the country (such as MTN, Vodafone) to make access to the Konet Application free through whitelisting. A chatbot is designed on the platform to allow students upload the happenings and/or complaints in their respective colleges for redress. The waste management and recycling institutions are also given the opportunity to upload information regarding their operations for the consumption of their clients. Short codes and Call Centres will be incorporated for easy use by those who are unable to use the system application as well as non-smartphone users
Your profile as an entrepreneur
Kassim Marwan is a 24year old and currently a 4thyear student at the University of Ghana with specialization in child development. As an avid lover of children, he dreamed of becoming an early childhood professional since he was 11 years old. His love for children started at a young age, having grown up in a family that consisted of 12 children. When he was seven years old, his community had faced a considerably high rate of teenage pregnancies and child neglect. He then became determined to become an expert in early childhood studies that would be able to impact his community in order to enable the innocent child to live and grow comfortably! Marwan attended Kalpohin Senior High School in the Tamale Metropolis of Ghana. During his time in high school, he became enthused to finding solutions to trivial issues in society having considered his background and the problems that the various communities face. He is currently studying at the University of Ghana. He joined Enactus- University of Ghana in his quest to finding solutions to pertinent societal problems. This association consists of students, academics, and business leaders who are determined to creating a better world by solving societal problems using entrepreneurial actions. He became and is still an executive member of the above-mentioned association. Marwan had extensive volunteering which has given him significant time management, decision making, and interpersonal skills. He is a great player and the leader of the Enactus-UG team.