How can we create African jobs that are sustainable? For more than 10 of the entrepreneurs participating in Making Africa Work, starting a business in circular economy* or sustainable energy is the answer. Even more are incorporating extra environmental friendly elements into their business. Here we introduce four of their plans.
Solar Powered Lamps and Cookers
Hans Verberg travelled to Rwanda to research the possibilities for the solar lamps and cookers his start-up Solited produces. His mission is to make solar energy accessible for people in (rural) Africa and create employment opportunities.
From Plastic Waste to Building Materials
Plastic waste is a big problem in Sierra Leone. The country knows meters high landfills full of plastic, the same plastic which clogs the irrigation system and therefore causes flooding. Charlot Boonekamp from Better Future Factory plans to turn plastic waste into building materials for houses, which are in high demand in the country
Competitive priced solar off grid equipment
Arnoud van Putten from Off – Grid Factory wants to start a supply line of professional solar off grid equipment with competitive pricing in Sierra Leone. To realize their plans Off – Grid Factory signed a memorandum of understanding with the Barefoot Women Solar Engineers, a community of female solar engineers.
René Lammers is specialized in building sustainable houses of EPS. As it does not biodegrade, EPS generally does not contaminate the air or water. Another sustainable element is that EPS is 100% recyclable. Together with his local partner, René is planning to build several lodges for tourists in Rwanda. The building process will create job opportunities in the short run, while tourism will facilitate long term jobs.
* A circular economy is a regenerative system in which resource input and waste, emission, and energy leakage are minimised by slowing, closing, and narrowing material and energy loops. – Wikipedia