Practicing Proper waste management in homes with focus on horticulture

To Protect the environment from non biodegradable, improve homestead incomes and produce vegetables

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Eligibility Criteria

  • I confirm that I am fully aware of the eligibility criteria and terms of the Act for Biodiversity Challenge and that I am eligible to apply.
  • I am 18 years old or older.

Initiative's representative name

Nahwera Cynthia Chief Executive Officer

Initiative's representative date of birth

12-06-1981

Initiative's representative gender

  • Woman

Headquarters location: country

  • Uganda

Headquarters location: city

Mbarara

Where are you making a difference?

SAME

Website or social media url(s)

Email: wasteinitiatives@gmail.com, Facebook: waste watch initiatives whats App: +256772894176

Date Started

September 2012

Project Stage

  • Growth (have moved past the very first activities; working toward the next level of expansion)

Yearly Budget : What is your current yearly budget for the initiative?

  • €50k - €100k

Organization Type

  • Nonprofit/NGO

1. Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that led the founder(s) to get started or the story of how you saw the potential for this project to succeed.

The founders are a group of people that were tenants and faced the waste and feeding challenges. they came together and drew a schedule for garbage collection. once this was almost perfected and slowly the community came on board, the need for practicing horticulture/growing vegetables in minimum spaces came along. this has taken the village by storm and although still on small scale, the benefits especially for women have been beyond our imagination

2. The problem: What problem are you helping to solve?

the problems being handled are three: 1. the waste was not managed well. collected, sorted and transported to the landfill 2. growth of vegetables has improved diet and some of the vegetables have been sold to make money 3. Households incomes have been improved

3. Your solution: How are you working to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.

we mobilized the community, held awareness training on the advantages of proper waste management, the importance of not letting the biodegradable waste move out of their homes, the benefits of practicing better agriculture in small spaces and protecting the environment

4. Innovation: How are you innovating or using unique approaches to solve the problem?

through our waste management activities, we discovered that involving homesteads in waste handling was paramount. Our continuous research and engagements with the homes led us to thinking of innovations that would help us attain our goals and increase on incomes of homes. we have linked these homes with plastic recyclers who are buying the plastic and steel waste while the bio waste is being turned into manure for gardening. this makes our innovation different from others in our area and society

5. Collaboration: How does your initiative seek to bring key players together to preserve biodiversity?

through mobilization our entry point was in partnership with political leadership, the homes/community, the CBO/Waste Watch Initiatives, the Plastic recyclers/Private Sector and the press who have at times helped us cover some of our activities.

6. Impact: how has your project made a difference so far — in terms of both business outputs and social impact? How do you plan on measuring progress?

we are working with 120 homes, spread across 2 villages. these are producing an average of 750 kgs of carrots, onions and other green vegetables

7. Growth strategies: what are your main strategies for scaling your impact?

we are sensitive on growth as we are a community based organisation running on a very small budget that is locally funded. we are however working hard and developing concepts that will see these homes grow to about 250 in either the same villages or other villages

8. Creating shared value: How does your initiative create value for society? Or different stakeholders?

the initiative has trained under privileged women that are not learnt, unemployed and remain home in fighting poverty, hunger and generating incomes without leaving their homes. the fresh vegetables grown in the bags and in corridors of small home steads have been sold, eaten and the stakeholders in society have seen changes in domestic violence issues arising as a result of women being less learnt and not being involved in any economic activity

9. Financial sustainability plan: can you tell us about your plan to fund your project and how that plan will be sustainable in the short, medium, and long term?

We are a recycling company interested in big quantities of plastics which are found in homesteads. we pay for the non biodegradable waste the homesteads collect, recycle this waste into flakes that are sold to other factories hence making money we further have homesteads that didn't enroll in this program but do pay for the collection of their unsorted waste. this source contributes to the common pool of the company that in turn supports the other activities in the short term and long term. we are further working on growing numbers of clientele so that the big numbers can sustain our budget that has also the provision of seedlings that women in the enrolled homes use for their activities

10. Team: what is the current composition of your current team (types of roles, qualifications, full-time vs. part-time, board members, etc.), and how do you plan to evolve the team’s composition as the project grows?

the Team is headed by the Chief executive officer who is answerable to the board of directors. under the CEO is the Community mobilization team headed by an agriculturalist. this department is made up of 2 staff and their head. these go to the fields to implement the agriculture practices as discussed above. the company also has an accountant who is the head of collections and financial matters once the business has grown more team members will be brought on board and a clear structure made

11. How did you hear about this challenge?

  • Email

Evaluation results

4 evaluations so far

1. 1) OVERALL EVALUATION

Yes, absolutely! - 25%

Yes/maybe - 50%

Maybe - 25%

Maybe/no - 0%

No - 0%

2. 2) CONNECTION TO BIODIVERSITY

5 —Absolutely! It’s crystal clear how the solution is directly contributing to preserving and/or restoring biodiversity. - 0%

4—Yes, it establishes a clear connection to biodiversity. - 50%

3—Somewhat, the entry speaks to biodiversity but the direct impact is not well established and/or it is focused on a single species without considering its impact on the broader ecosystem - 50%

2—Not really, the connection to biodiversity is weak - 0%

1—No. The entry does not reference the solution’s impact on biodiversity. - 0%

3. 3) Is this entry IMPACTFUL?

5 -Yes, absolutely! - 50%

4- Yes, I think so. - 25%

3- Maybe. - 25%

2- Probably not. - 0%

1- No. - 0%

4. 4) Is this entry INNOVATIVE?

5 -Yes, absolutely! - 25%

4- Yes, I think so. - 50%

3- Maybe. - 25%

2- Probably not. - 0%

1- No. - 0%

5. 5) Is this entry VIABLE financially and operationally?

5 -Yes, absolutely! - 50%

4- Yes, I think so. - 25%

3- Maybe. - 0%

2- Probably not. - 25%

1- No. - 0%

6. 6) Is this entry ACTIVATING CHANGEMAKING?

5 -Yes, absolutely! - 50%

4- Yes, I think so. - 25%

3- Maybe. - 25%

2- Probably not. - 0%

1- No. - 0%

7. 7) Does this entry value COLLABORATION WITH OTHER STAKEHOLDERS in its approach?

5- Yes, absolutely! - 25%

4- Yes, I think ko. - 50%

3- Maybe. - 25%

2- Probably not. - 0%

1- No. - 0%

8. 8) FEEDBACK – Highlights

INNOVATION: You have a great understanding of the problem, have researched existing solutions, and have developed unique, thoughtful new solutions - 100%

IMPACT: You use specific numbers and evidence to describe what your project has achieved so far (or plan to achieve in the future) and you have a plan for measuring impact - 100%

GROWTH & LEADERSHIP POTENTIAL: You have a thoughtful plan for growth and your founding team has a strong combination of leadership and knowledge-based skills - 100%

VIABIBLITY: You have given a great deal of thought to not just the idea itself but how to make it work from a financial perspective in the present and future - 50%

CHANGEMAKING ACTIVATION: You value thinking around how to activate changemakers and empower them to innovate through your product or programming - 100%

POTENTIAL TO CREATE SHARED VALUE: You have a clearly defined plan on how to maximize shared value across multiple sectors and stakeholders - 100%

WRITING STYLE: Your writing style is concise, descriptive, clear, and specific - 0%

Other option - 0%

9. 9) FEEDBACK - Areas for Improvement

INNOVATION: Be more specific in your description of the research you have done into the past solutions to this problem and focus on how your solution is unique and innovative - 0%

IMPACT: Provide specific instances of your social impact and how you plan to measure impact – it may be helpful to describe the beneficiaries, products and programming, and provide evidence of (or plan for) how to measure impact - 100%

GROWTH & LEADERSHIP POTENTIAL: Your plan for growing the organization can benefit from more specifics. How can you round out the various skills of your current leadership team to make the project a long-term success? - 0%

VIABILITY: Make sure you have provided descriptive information about your financial sustainability plan. Where do the funds come from now and do you have a concrete plan for future sustainability? - 100%

POTENTIAL TO CREATE SHARED VALUE: your plan can benefit from more thought on how to create value for all stakeholders, not just immediate beneficiaries - 0%

WRITING STYLE: Try to be more concise, descriptive, clear, and specific. Avoid jargon. - 0%

Nothing – I thought everything was great! - 50%

CHANGEMAKING ACTIVATION: Try to provide more insights into how you are activating changemakers and empowering them to innovate through your product or programming - 0%

Other option - 0%

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