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Waste to Wealth business training features in OCN Summer Newsletter

Living Earth’s urban enterprise development programme for ‘Waste to Wealth’ entrepreneurs has featured in Open College Network (OCN)’s Summer Newsletter.  Living Earth partnered with OCN to develop a tailored business development training programme, designed specifically for  entrepreneurs working on waste

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Making fuel from waste not wood in Sierra Leone

Photos taken from a recent briquette production training workshop in Sierra Leone. A Ugandan briquette maker travelled to the city of Makeni in Sierra Leone to share tips and techniques on how to make ‘green charcoal’ using waste not wood.

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Plastic recycling changes lives in Uganda

Meet Abdu Ssekamanya.  Abdu is an entrepreneur in Kalerewe, Kampala and through the Waste to Wealth project he’s achieved big changes in his life.  Abdu received training from Living Earth Uganda to help grow his business, and now employs 15

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Meet the waste entrepreneurs of Makeni, Sierra Leone

Living Earth’s DFID funded Waste to Wealth project in Makeni, Sierra Leone has recently come to an end, resulting in the  establishment of 6 micro-enterprises all working with waste. Film-maker Mike Duff visited Makeni back in March to see what

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Helping micro-enterprises upscale their work in Uganda

Living Earth Uganda has been working with six micro enterprises to help them upscale their work.  In particular, Living Earth Uganda has provided seed grants to enterprises engaged in public-private partnerships with local councils and public institutions, to improve waste

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Waste Recycling information centre in Douala, Cameroon

Cameroonian NGO, FCTV, has launched an information hub on waste management and waste recycling in Douala. The hub is an information centre where people interested in developing their own waste recycling activities in the city can find out about the

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From Cameroon to Sierra Leone – recycled plastic paving tiles take off…

Recycled plastic paving tiles are a relatively new technology, and one that is growing in popularity in Cameroon following some initial training workshops and support to emerging plastics entrepreneurs to develop this new market. Living Earth shared the experiences of

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Waste to Wealth music videos!

Living Earth and partners have been working with Cameroonian artist, Vicky Brown, to produce a series of music videos about “Waste to Wealth” opportunities in Cameroon, Uganda and Nigeria. The videos are designed to spread the word about waste recycling

Waste to Fuel: Green charcoal briquettes in Cameroon

Between 28th and 31st January 2014,  FCTV, in partnership with ACREST (African Centre for Renewable Energies and Sustainable Technologies), ran a training with 22 students from the University of Douala on how to produce green charcoal briquettes from organic waste. 

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Recycling used oil to make soap in Cameroon

From June to September 2013, GIC Bellomar carried out a survey on pollution from hotel complexes in Douala.  The study showed that, on average, a four star hotel will throw away  30 litres of used oil every week – meaning

Sharing approaches within the waste industry

Resource magazine is a specialist magazine which champions forward-thinking in the waste and recycling sector.  Living Earth’s approach to waste management in Kampala, Uganda, featured in the latest issue of Resource. The full article can be read here.  

British MP visits Waste to Wealth in Sierra Leone

In November 2013, Lynne Featherstone, the UK Government’s Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for International Development, visited Living Earth’s Waste to Wealth project in Makeni, Sierra Leone. In Makeni, Living Earth has received funding from the UK Government’s Department for

Featuring Mr Ndeh, the self-acclaimed “Bill Gates” of waste in Douala

Mr Ndeh first became involved in the Waste to Wealth programme in March 2012, through his role on the local hygiene and sanitation committee in his neighbourhood.  He was subsequently selected to take part in a plastic waste collection and

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Local Government training programme in Cameroon

30 Local Government officials in Cameroon are currently participating on an Enhanced Practice in African Local Government training programme. The course aimed to build the capacity of local government officials working on waste management issues in their districts to effectively

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Using music to raise awareness about “Waste to Wealth”

Living Earth and local partner FCTV in Cameroon, have joined forces with environmental artist Vicky Brown and rapper Final D, to produce a music video to raise awareness about the cash that can be made from trash in Douala…

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