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 management issues in slum areas of Africa.
The full article can be accessed by clicking on the link below:
London Open College Network Article_July 2014
Business planning training workshop for waste entrepreneurs
Women entrepreneurs putting business plans into action post-workshop
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.
Thanks to Mike Duff for these photos.
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 youths to collect plastic in his local area to be sold for recycling. He has also developed further business ventures including a laundry and a grocery store.
Abdu and his team use the Information Hub created by the project to update their skills and knowledge and to explore new opportunities for enterprise. The Hub acts as a library, with videos, training manuals and demonstration items, providing information to help more people like Abdu to develop their business ideas and will be a resource for the community even after the project has finished.
As a successful businessman Abdu has bought land to build a new house. Today Abdu lives happily in his new home together with his family. “I am now living a decent life. I can afford to take my children to a good school and save for the future”.
Inside the Information Hub.
Abdu at one of his plastic waste collection points.
Abdu’s former home in Kalerwe.
Abdu’s new home in Kawanda.
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 we had been up to….
Living Earth Foundation has secured funding from the European Union to enable us to continue to provide support to these ‘Waste to Wealth’ enterprises for the next 6 months, and we’ve recently recruited a Project Officer and a Business Development Mentor to work with them to help them develop sound business and marketing plans. We hope that in this period they will be able to create a market for these new products, and contribute to Makeni City Council’s waste management strategy in the process.
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 management services in poor neighbourhoods in Kampala.
This support has enabled these businesses to:
- Change their legal status in order to register as formal businesses, essential to securing government contracts in waste management;
- Secure new contracts with health centres, education centres and market places to improve waste management in these areas;
- To create new jobs (creating an average of five new jobs per micro enterprise);
- To increase their profit (generating an additional £150 to £350 profit per month through new contracts);
- To increase the number of households that are served.
Urban Cleaners purchased a new truck which enabled it to serve 90 new clients, and take on 7 new employees.
Enro solutions secured three new contracts, generating an additional £150/month in profit for the company.
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 different business opportunities available. They can also access a database of useful contacts and consult different training materials on different ‘waste to wealth’ technologies.
Information hub in Douala
If you’re in Cameroon, and interested in visiting the hub, please contact GIC Bellomar, Akwa (Tel : (237) 33 11 11 12).
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 plastic paving tile production with the entrepreneurs with whom we’re working in Sierra Leone, and there was a huge demand for training in this activity.
Building materials, in particular cement, are increasingly expensive in Sierra Leone and the idea of an alternative building material that also used up the plastic waste, currently blighting the roadsides proved to be very popular.
In March 2014, Pierre Kamsouloum, a Cameroonian plastic paving tiles expert, travelled to the city of Makeni in Sierra Leone to teach waste entrepreneurs the new skill. The two-week intensive training was very successful, and plastic paving tiles will soon be on the market in Makeni.
Pierre and the plastics training participants in Makeni
Assembling the tools
Making the tiles in Makeni
Hard at work – cleaning the mould
The final product
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 to more people across the globe. You can watch the music videos on YouTube here:
Waste to Wealth music videos on YouTube
Waste to Wealth music DVD
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. The students, members of the University’s Ecological Club, are now planning to set up their own charcoal producing and training site in the University, so that they can share the technology with others across the city.
Briquette making 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 that each hotel throws 1560 litres of used cooking oil per year into the city’s waterways.
In response to this problem, GIC Bellomar, with the support of FCTV, organised a technical training workshop on how to produce a marketable product – soap – from this waste product.
The key modules covered during the workshop include:
- How to collect the raw material
- Techniques of transformation
- Quality control on products
- Developing a marketing strategy
- Ensuring good customer service
Soap making in Douala
Making the soap paste from used cooking oil
Discussing marketing strategies for recycled soap
Family photo of the workshop participants
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.
Kamu Kamu, a plastic waste business in Kampala
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 International Development (DFID) to implement a pilot waste management project in the city. Working in partnership with The Collective and ACEDO, we’ve been working to build the management capacity, awareness and understanding, and specific technical skills of local government, NGOs and micro-enterprises to deliver improved waste management and recycling services.
Briquette training in Sierra Leone
Technical trainers from Living Earth’s programmes in Cameroon and Uganda have travelled to Sierra Leone to deliver training in plastic weaving and in briquette making to members of community-based organisations and social enterprises working in Makeni. Following this training, the project partners have been providing support including business advice, market information and starter equipment to entrepreneurs working waste recycling in Makeni in order to support business growth for income generation and improved waste management.
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 recycling functional skills training workshop. Following the workshop, Mr Ndeh saw the potential of plastic waste collection as a means of generating an income and creating jobs for out-of-work youths in his neighbourhood, whilst cleaning the environment. He set up his own waste collection business and progressed to take part in the Waste to Wealth OCN accredited business development programme.
As a result of this programme he was able to develop a comprehensive business plan for his enterprise and he now has plans to become “the largest collector of waste in Africa. The Bill Gates of the waste collection world”.
Mr Ndeh, the “Bill Gates” of waste in the district of Douala 5
Sorting through the collected waste
Bagging the waste for re-sale to plastics companies
Weighing the waste and working out the profit margins
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 discharge their responsibilities. The course was facilitated by local partner FCTV and by Cameroon’s national government training institute, CEFAM. FCTV and CEFAM will continue to provide ongoing support to the government representatives as they put their learning into practice.
Local Government officials celebrate completing training modules on Partnership Working in Douala
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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