Waste to value for a better environment

using waste as a resource to produce valuable products that preserve our environment and water bodies while creating livelihood for the poor

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Organization name


Year founded


Initiative stage

  • Start-Up (a pilot that has just started operating)

Annual budget in 2017 (USD)

  • $100k - $250k

Number of beneficiaries impacted so far

  • 500 - 1,000

Organization type

  • Social enterprise

Secondary Focus Area

  • Rural development

Headquarters location: Country

  • Zambia

Headquarters location: City


Location(s) of impact

Zambia : Lusaka, Kafue, Chongwe, Ndola, Kitwe

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Problem: What problem is this initiative trying to address?

Human activity continues to negatively affect the environment, common income generating activities in rural areas include - Charcoal burning - Forest burning in order to use ash as fertilizer - cutting trees for fencing These activities are detrimental to the environment because they lead to deforestation, while farming which guarantees food security is negatively affected by these activities leading to low yields, rainfall and droughts indiscriminately disposed is another key problem causing disease, floods etc

Solution Summary: What is the proposed solution? What do you see as its most promising aspects for creating shared value?

We help the vulnerable and rural communities to transition from activities that negatively affect the environment to greener enterprise activities such as Production of briquettes, organic fertilizers from waste, Recycling plastic into wood and cement alternatives etc Through our innovation, impacts of climate change such as deforestation are highly reduced. Africa being highly dependent on farming for its food security requires solutions like this one that will be able to enable people continue earning an income but using greener enterprise alternatives rather than causing climate change. eg Once we enter into a charcoal burning community, 1. mobilize charcoal burners highlighting the dangers i.e. deforestation 2. we train them in using biomass to produce briquettes 3. help them to create co-operatives or clubs 4. Offer training to them and provide the equipment 5. production 6. servicing their machine loan 7. scaling

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Specify both the social and the environmental impact of your work

We have piloted this initiative in garden compound of Lusaka, where residents were able to earn a sustainable income from the project. The project trained and engaged 143 vulnerable women who were surviving on less than a dollar per day to start earning about 2-3 dollars per day from project activities. Through this innovation people (especially the vulnerable) have a better standard of living. As we also roll out the briquetting program, the most vulnerable in society prefer undertaking our concept as opposed the normal charcoal burning because they are able to produce more charcoal and now even people in the rural areas are learning of the risks of charcoal burning as it is depleting the forests, if left unchecked the entire forest will be no more meaning the end of their livelihoods.

Financial sustainability plan: How is this initiative financially supported? How will you ensure its financial sustainability long-term?

Our sustainability plan lies in the selling of recycled products such as - Plastic wood and cement alternatives - Waste management and Recycling - Organic fertilizer production and sales - Briquette production and sales - training In order to be sustainable we will place our recycled construction materials and furniture alternatives on the market. We will produce a range of products which we will supply to the market. The products will serve as alternatives to wood and cement products that are currently on the market, our products are more attractive because they have a cheaper price, environmentally and cost friendly while maintaining the highest quality Grants - 53.35% - $320 592 Other - 46.65% - $149 550 Other = own contribution + partnerships

Unique value proposition: What makes your initiative innovative? How does your project differ from other organizations working in the same field?

Not only are we preserving our environment but we are also training people to be more responsible in the way they manage their waste and environment. From the solid waste that we generate we are also creating livelihoods for the very poor and decent jobs. For example plastic waste that is a challenge across the world with the water bodies being the most affected Newtech is using this waste as a resource to produce value and create jobs for the poor

Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that sparked the beginning of this initiative.

In 2009, a little girl drowned in a drainage due to indiscriminate disposal of waste that ended up blocking the drain. This was becoming regular (common) news, I thought someone should do something about it but when no one did I decided to take it up and be the solution. in order to avoid such a situation from repeating it self we have been carrying out alot of research (self funded) in order to come up with a viable concept on what we can do with the waste that we generate because it continues to be a hazard to our livelihoods. we have since made some manual experiments where we proved that we can actually high value products from waste such as poles, pavers, bricks etc

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Photo of Mouhamadou Moustapha Seck

Recycling, a very important tool for the preservation of nature and to avoid unnecessary waste. Congratulations on the initiative that I found very relevant and I am available to help with anything that is necessary.

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