Uganda is residence to over 1,8 million refugees, making it one of many high 5 internet hosting nations on the planet. The 48 refugee settlements within the nation are principally overpopulated they usually exist in areas experiencing the worst types of environmental degradation.
Rising up within the Kyaka II Settlement, Ronald Mugaiga skilled the implications first-hand, to the purpose of contracting cholera when he was younger. This left him with a little bit probability of survival however in the present day, 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 economic system.
“Our mission is to assist the group by turning waste into reusable building 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 technique 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.
Probably the most compelling worth proposition for the usage of Ecomak bricks is the truth that the bricks are 30% cheaper than conventional bricks. Actual property and building corporations are the startup’s largest prospects.There’s a 700 million greenback building market in Uganda. Ecomak intends to seize simply 1% of this huge market within the subsequent 5 years.
“Our objective is to seize markets in most of Uganda within the subsequent 12 months and develop 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 bettering 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 influence the corporate is making on a poverty alleviation and environmental stage is unprecedented and the world will definitely be higher due to it!