eTrash2Cash embodies the use of technology to solve environmental problem.

Solving environmental problem in low income communities using web, mobile app and sms technology to exchange wastes for direct cash.

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Eligibility

  • Yes, I fulfill all of the eligibility criteria.

Initiative's representative name

Bashir Shatima Mustapha

Initiative's representative date of birth

31/07/1993

Initiative’s representative gender

  • Man

Where are you making a difference?

Kano Office: Plot 44A, Dakata, Nassarawa, Kano, Kano State

Website or social media url(s)

http://etrash2cash.com/

When was your organisation founded?

8/11/2017

Focus areas

  • Helping people adapt to technologies of the future
  • Financial skills and capability
  • Creating digital tools

Project Stage

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

Yearly Budget: How much capital do you need to accomplish your proposed project?

  • $10k - $50k

Organisation Type

  • For-profit

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 to succeed

Because of these rapid changes, we realize that there is a need to study each step that may alter the environment so that the natural ecosystem may still be protected or replaced by a better one. Environmental science is important to save our world from destruction. Because of man's abusive actions, the environment is not safe anymore.

2. The problem: What problem surrounding employability or financial capability are you helping to solve?

1. Lack of fund expressing difficulty in finding sufficient, appropriate and continuous funding for the projects and business. This will mitigate by aggressive marketing and pre-launch events 2. Accessing funds to improve the development of mobile App and SMS method process.

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

We Recycle the waste to conserve natural resources by the use of web, mobile app and sms technology to exchange wastes for direct cash incentives. eTrash2Cash also makes use of all wastes collected from communities to makereusable and sustainable end products, e.g organic compost made from food wastes for smallholder Nigerian farmers.

4. How are you innovating or using unique approaches to solving the problem?

Because our product and services are local collection center across low income communities that enable low income people to exchange their trash for cash in which we make recycle of raw materials which are pure for small and medium enterprise.

5. Employability: how is your organization or project teaching people to develop the skills that they need to survive in the future job market?

Our organization business strategy deals directly with individuals in low communities that enable them to exchange their waste which serve as waste generation source and directly making those individuals to have awareness that waste are also important business for fund generations.

5a. Please describe which future-oriented skills your organization is focused on fostering and how you have measured / plan to measure progress

Our dream is empower millions at grassroots earning directly from the trash and enable us to reach a peak of on giving knowledge to individuals on the effect of climate change in our community and the globe at large.

6. Financial capability: how is your organization or project creating innovative solutions that arm people with ability to optimize their current and future financial health

Our deal is to help small and medium plastic manufacturing companies with a 100% recycled plastic raw materials they need for sustainable production at affordable costs all-year round. We charge N350 per kilogram on average of this raw material. We supply them variety of raw materials plastic pellets that is not mixed with any impurities.

6a. Please describe what aspect of financial capability your organization is focused on fostering and how you have measured / plan to measure progress.

Our current focus is the beachead market in northern Nigeria with estimated market potential of 55,000 SMEs (small-to-medium enterprises) with total value of about $168m. We also target the southern Nigeria beachhead market with about 162,000 SMEs (small-to-medium enterprises) worth $218m.

7. Marketplace: Who else is addressing the same problem? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

We have interviewed 200 SMEs (plastic manufacturing companies in Kano, Bauchi & Jigawa States). While we assumed that those companies are highly interested in clean environment and the social impact we make, we realize that it is not the case. They are not actually after clean environment or social impact, they are only after reducing their own raw material costs, finding the pure material at affordable costs that is not mixed and which is readily available.

8. Impact: How has your project made a difference so far?

Among the many complex challenges facing Nigerian society is the issue of Almajiranci, which literally means “begging” in the Hausa language. Almajiranci refers to the cultural and religious practice whereby Muslim parents and guardians in northern Nigeria entrust their children to itinerant scholars (Mallams) who, in turn, take the children to far-off destinations, supposedly in order to immerse them in Islamic education. Most of such youths end up striving for dignity and knowledge amidst extreme poverty. The vulnerability imposed on these children and the role of eTrash2Cash, a project aimed at improving the life conditions of targeted Almajiri youth. The eTrash2Cash project was conceived and launched as a social enterprise to bring an immediate solution to the Almajiri social issue in Nigeria.

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

We use web, mobile app and sms technology to exchange wastes for direct cash incentives. eTrash2Cash also makes use of all wastes collected from communities to makereusable and sustainable end products, e.g organic compost made from food wastes for smallholder Nigerian farmers.

10. Team

Alh. Salisu Abdullahi is our Managing Director, he has over 6 years experience in sustainable waste collection & recycling. He is a Mandela Washington Fellow, an Associate Fellow of the Nigeria Leadership Initiative and announced recently as a Forbes Africa 30 Under 30.   Kaltumi Abdul'azeez works in Operations/Marketing and has a background in software development. Kaltumi has more than 4 years experience in marketing & sales.   SHAIBU AISHAT .L. To render professional services.

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