Uganda is residence to over 1,8 million refugees, making it one of many prime 5 internet hosting nations on this planet. The 48 refugee settlements within the nation are principally overpopulated and so they exist in areas experiencing the worst types of environmental degradation.
Rising up within the Kyaka II Settlement, Ronald Mugaiga skilled the results first-hand, to the purpose of contracting cholera when he was younger. This left him with slightly likelihood of survival however right now, he’s the founding father of Ecomak Recyclers, a startup that’s constructed to enhance waste administration throughout refugee settlements, encourage native companies to have a extra sustainable way of life, and promote the round financial system.
“Our mission is to assist the neighborhood by turning waste into reusable development supplies,” Mugaiga says.
Ecomak has developed a chemical-free and energy-saving exclusion expertise referred to as organo-technology that helps to extend the melting strategy of plastic whereas retaining the bodily parameters of the plastic. The plastic is then used to make bricks and blocks.
“The bricks are two occasions stronger than typical bricks,” notes Mugaiga.” They’ve zero breakages as soon as used and they’re long-lasting and sturdy.
Essentially the most compelling worth proposition for using Ecomak bricks is the truth that the bricks are 30% cheaper than conventional bricks. Actual property and development corporations are the startup’s greatest prospects.There’s a 700 million greenback development market in Uganda. Ecomak intends to seize simply 1% of this huge market within the subsequent 5 years.
“Our aim is to seize markets in most of Uganda within the subsequent yr and broaden to the remainder of East Africa in 2-3 years,” says Ronald.
Ecomak has created over 100 jobs for underserved ladies and youths within the communities of Kyaka II refugee settlement. Whereas enhancing incomes via the alternate of plastic waste for money, they’ve managed to gather and recycle over 30 tons of waste per thirty days. The impression the corporate is making on a poverty alleviation and environmental stage is unprecedented and the world will definitely be higher due to it!